Strong Passwords Protect You and Others

In our ongoing effort to protect our clients and ourselves from malicious actors, we require the use of strong passwords with all accounts.

What is a strong password?  According to Webopedia,

strong password consists of at least six characters (and the more characters, the stronger the password) that are a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (@, #, $, %, etc.) if allowed. Passwords are typically case-sensitive, so a strong passwordcontains letters in both uppercase and lowercase.    Source:  http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/strong_password.html

How can I make sure my password is strong enough?  There are a number of strong password generators on the web.  One of my favorite ones is provided by Norton IdentitySafe, and can be found here: https://identitysafe.norton.com/password-generator.

If you’re curious about how long it would take to crack your current password, try entering it here:  http://random-ize.com/how-long-to-hack-pass/.

It’s not uncommon for clients to proclaim, “I don’t care if someone gets into my email. I don’t have anything that matters in there.”  We explain that it’s how a compromise affects others they should be concerned about then. Once your email account is compromised, a spammer can use it to send out unsolicited junk. A hacker from another country can use it to send out phishing messages or malware. Many times, the perpetrator uses your contact list, so your own friends and relatives may be affected!

Please do your best to protect yourself and others by choosing a strong password. Change it regularly. Don’t use the same password on multiple online accounts.

If you have any questions about how to change your password, or why you should, please send us a message.  https://connectnc.com/clients/submitticket.php?step=2&deptid=5