7 Deadly Password Sins


Cyber-attacks are the number 1 form of espionage in the 21st century. If you own a business in 2019, you are in the business of collecting data.     Protecting the digital presence is just as important as locking the door at the end of the day. A lot of it comes down to one simple precaution, passwords.

“Overall, passwords still present the biggest challenge for businesses of all sizes,” said Ron Schlecht, founder and managing partner of BTB Security…..“you can’t imagine how many times we still break in to companies because of a bad password.”

Let’s break down the 7 Deadly Passwords:

  • Password

    • “Password” is one of the most commonly used passwords
    • Do not make passwords that are sequential combination,
  • 12345
    • “As the classic movie Spaceballs would remind us, 1-2-3-4-5? That’s the stupidest combination I’ve ever heard of in my life! That’s the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage! You get the picture — no consecutive numbers
  • Business Name
    • I promise you the Password for the servers at Netflix are not “Netflix1”. I feel like this is an obvious no-no, but this comes in second to the use of “password”.
  • Business Slogan
    • Best not to use a word or phrase that is commonly uttered. Make your password a challenge.
  • Date of Birth
    • Thanks to the internet and social media. This information is not sacred anymore. Ask any 10-year-old to goggle you.
  • Simple Dictionary Words
    • I think the theme here is –NOTHING BASIC— Don’t make it easy.

  Tips:Take something easy and add something complex to it.

  • Ex: ABc123!$
  • NeTfliX1^
  • 5sa2*qwu9%75(*7^z22

The last password also rolls me into our final tip! That is a password management program called Dashlane that not only securely stores passwords, but also will generate them for you.  Top 10 Best Password Managers



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