It may surprise you that at SCS Technology Solutions we come across users who are still actively using insecure passwords and putting their network, company data and their personal data at risk of being compromised. It constantly surprises and worries us.

According to a survey by Forrester (an independent research firm), 80% of all cyber security attacks involve a weak or stolen password, and a report by security firm Keeper found that over 10 million passwords were leaked in 2016, with the following passwords being the most common:password-866979_640

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. 12345678
  5. 111111
  6. 1234567890
  7. 1234567
  8. password
  9. 123123
  10. 987654321

Recognise any of these passwords? If so, you need to change them immediately and ensure that none of your employees are using any of the above or similar.

As a business owner or manager you need to ensure that ALL users on your network change their password periodically; that the passwords they use are strong and that all your employees use passwords that can withstand a brute-force attack. This is where a hacker attempts to access user accounts by thoroughly checking all possible passphrases until the correct one is found – if passwords used on your network are common, the easier the process is for the hacker.

So what makes a safe password?

Ideally, passwords need to be at least 16 characters, and contain a combination of numbers, symbols, and upper and lowercase letters. You should refrain from using popular and easy to guess passwords such as letmein, access, administrator, Password1 or any passwords that use a spouse or child’s name.

If you haven’t done so for a while (or don’t have one) we also recommend that you take the time to review your company password policy, and ensure that all your employees are aware of this policy and are abiding by the rules.

If you have any questions please call us on 0800 9520652 for further advice. Remember it only takes one user to have a weak password for your system to be compromised, putting your business and reputation at risk.  This is a serious matter that is very easily solved.  Act now.