We live in a world where data breaches and hacks are almost a daily news headline, so IT security is vital. The majority of businesses handle customer information, meaning that one weak password could be the ticket for it all to be exposed and in the wrong hands. Ultimately, this type of breach makes trust with your customers virtually non-existent.
Here are few tips to compliment your company toolbox to enhance your business security.
#1 A STRONG PASSWORD
The reality of using short memorable dictionary words is no longer an option if you want security. Want business security? Stop using dictionary words they are ridiculously easy to crack. Brute-force attacks are becoming more successful as time goes on.
Start by using a password generator: https://www.dashlane.com/password-generator/ By default, it gives you a 15-character phrase that looks nothing like plain English.
#2 SHAKE IT UP
If the thought of having a different password for each service makes you feel overwhelmed, manage them with an application. There are a number of reputable password managers out there. Here are just a few: DashLane (free/premium option) or LastPass (free/premium option). It’s also wise to regularly change your passwords; once a month is a decent interval. The 20 minutes you’ll spend updating your credentials for all the services you use will more than pay for themselves.
Make a 20-minute date with yourself, put it on your calendar to update your passwords monthly. Taking this time to update your passwords regularly is an excellent ROI.
#3 THE TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION ROUTE
You know you have done it, skipped over this added measure when setting up your e-mail account or bank account, we have all done it. DON’T! This security measure puts an extra step in place and is an efficient way to rebuff remote access. WHY DO I NEED THIS? You have your number on file with your bank account and they will send you a verification code via text when a hacker attempts to log into your account from a different IP address. If you are vacationing and it was you, then you can enter the code and all is well. For a hacker to access this account, they would have to have access to your phone.
Now is the critical time to find an IT partner that will protect all of your devices.
At NCGIT, we are focused on building strategic partnerships with each client while addressing their IT needs. If you’d like to learn more about what NCGIT can do for you, please contact us at (781)297-7590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.