When was the last time you changed any of your account passwords? Can you remember?
For many people, once a password is set, they don’t like to change it, but how easily could your password be guessed? And when a hacker has one password, how many systems can they access using that same password?
It might seem like a tedious task, but when you consider the security implications of not changing a password regularly, a couple of minutes every few months doesn’t seem too bad, especially for corporate accounts.
Changing your password regularly helps to manage the risk of the password being stolen by an attacker.
So which passwords should be changed?
Corporate passwords should definitely be changed regularly, especially as they give access to important confidential data. Those passwords that are used over the internet, especially on more sensitive sites, should also be regularly changed.
You should also change passwords on accounts that you think may have been compromised.
- Passwords should be at least 8 characters long
- You should use at least one Capital letter, number, and symbol
- Don’t share your passwords out – the more people who know it, the easier it is to find out