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Blog - Password StandardsDo you recall a time when your office system was infected with a virus or your email was hacked?

Do you remember how long it took to get things up and running after these attacks?

Digital threats come in many forms and we can protect ourselves against a lot of them. The funny thing though, is that all the protection in the world is only as solid as your passwords allow them to be.

For some reason, we still use easy to remember passwords for the most important info that we have. This may be personal data, bank accounts or your business data, etc.

The following are the top 10 most common passwords in 2016 according to multiple sources.

One of the things that we take very seriously at GAM Tech is your protection. We implement procedures that force users to modify passwords on a regular basis and also set minimum standards of what is required to be allowed as your password and the good news for you is that none of the above passwords would meet that criteria. This sounds like a very basic idea (and it is) but you would be surprised how many people still don’t follow that procedure and follow the “it won’t happen to me” approach which typically ends in changing the procedures after a security breach.

It’s important to know that hackers don’t sit at a computer and type strings of numbers or attempt to find your pets’ name and such but bots are being used to generate all sorts of passwords in an effort to crack as many accounts as they can. This means that the targeted account/software etc. may not even be the target but the personal or business information behind those passwords may lead to other vulnerabilities as we tend to use the same password for many or all of our items that require them.

Keep this in mind the next time that you need to pick a password or pin number and if you still aren’t sure about your security level give GAM Tech a call and we can do a free assessment of your infrastructure to let you know where you stand.

Published By: Adrian Ghira on April 28th, 2017