Three huge but common password disasters are being committed every day by staff in Lancashire.
And now a local IT security expert is warning bosses to check for them… then take urgent action to protect their business.
“We see these disasters happening all the time. People don’t realise how dangerous they are,” said Jonathan Cundliffe, of J700 Group.
“Recently a major credit bureau was hacked in South Africa because its server’s password was the word ‘password’.
“And data was also stolen from graphics card maker NVIDIA. One of most common passwords used by its employees was… ‘nvidia’.
“These big business disasters are easy to laugh at. But I see disasters like these being made by staff working for small businesses in Lancashire every day.”
Jonathan’s top three password disasters are:
- Using easy to guess passwords such as ‘password’, ‘qwerty’ or ‘123456’. These can be cracked in seconds by automated cyber-crime software
- Using the same password across multiple applications
- Writing down passwords, or sharing them with others
Jonathan added: “Cyber criminals are targeting Lancashire businesses all the time, using automated software to ﬁnd weaknesses and exploit them.
“Making any of these password mistakes is the data security equivalent of leaving the key in your house’s front door, next to a giant sign saying, ‘come in, valuables upstairs’.”
He recommends all local businesses use a password manager. This is software that generates long random unique passwords – and then remembers them, so humans don’t have to.
Making the password random reduces the likelihood of a successful brute force attack. This is where the password is guessed by software just by trying lots of common combinations.
Replacing a six character password with a 12 character one makes it 62 trillion times longer to crack.
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