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Warning: Stop saying, 'iloveyou'

[PASSPORTAL INSIGHTS | 3 MIN READ]  Well, to your password field, not your loved ones! We get it. We love our technology and we can't live without it, but please make an effort to stop using, 'iloveyou' as your password; let us tell you why.

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In a love/hate relationship, we hate to break it to you that 'iloveyou' is ranked 10th worst password used in 2018 according to a study by Splashdata. To make things even worse, Troy Hunt's Pwned Passwords, 'iloveyou' was used 1.5 million times in exposed data breaches made publicly available. Those data collections represent only a small fraction of what is actually compromised. Guess how many people use 'iloveyou' today?

Cybersecurity remains a concern. Several big name websites such as Adobe, Tesco, Vodafone, Yahoo, and gamers beware, Xbox 360, have been targeted for data to be either sold, traded, or made publicly available online. In May 2017, the Bell telecommunications in Canada suffered a data breach resulting in the exposure of millions of customer records, such as email addresses, geographic locations, IP addresses, job titles, names, passwords, phone numbers, usernames, and more. It was only last year the global hacking group APT10 were targeting MSPs specifically to obtain client network data.

When is enough, enough?

Do something special for your cybersecurity protocol by following these 4 tips:

1) Get intertwined with a password & documentation management solution

Give your technicians the rapid access they need to effectively support clients by implementing a secure password and IT documentation solution. Privileged access to client knowledge and information can be directly at their finger tips.

2) Implement a multi-factor authentication solution (MFA)

Double-up on your security by implementing a secondary device push-notification, call, SMS, or biometric identity access to your accounts. This will ensure the user is the person they say they are!

3) Partner-up your accounts with strong passwords 

Automatically generate strong password strings that are different for all of your accounts. Do not reuse a previous password. It is best practice to use length rather then complexity. Use 3-4 random words, 16 characters or more.

4) Spend quality time maintaining your passwords 

Every account should have a different password, stored in one spot. Using a management tool will allow an audit trail for who had access to what. If anything goes astray, it is of benefit to the company to be able to track and instantly modify sensitive accounts. 

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