How to protect your employees and customers from account takeover
In today’s time of readily available online information and content, cyber security is all critical. There’s really nothing worse than getting hacked, leaking your company and or client passwords exposed to cybercriminals.
At a company level, this will set a panic mode to everyone. Before the hacker can lock you out of your accounts and steal invaluable data, everyone will frantically change all passwords.
At a customer level, it is very costly to recover from a hacked password and or customer account information, which may result to lawsuits.
Below are the 6 tips to help protect you from having your online accounts hacked and taken over:
Monitor your data
You’ll never know that a password exploits occurred until it’s too late. We have online tools like dark webmail API from SpyCloud that can save you a lot of aggravation and time. It has a scanning tool to discover password exploits often before hackers can get a lock on it, then informs you of ways to secure that data for good like imposing a strict password setting and resetting rules.
Use complex passwords that don’t make any sense
Hackers are good. They can come up with 10-20 good guesses as to what password might be by running a cursory search of you and your family online. In other words, don’t use your daughter’s name followed by her birthday. Instead, use a minimum 12-ish character password, using multiple letters, mixing in caps and non-caps, and use symbols that don’t form any sort of sensible pattern.
Never use the same password on any two sites or accounts
You can’t be lazy. If one source is hacked, and you use the same password over multiple accounts, all of your online and locally stored data are immediately at risk.
Change passwords often
Everyone knows about this already. Just keep in mind that the new password should be equally complex as the last. The more often you and your clients change passwords, the less chance a hacker can get in on your data. Set a script run that will prompt you and your clients to change password at least once a month.
Use two-factor authentication
It is always an added level of security getting a code that logs you into your account, aside from the usual password credential. Without your phone in their possession, your passwords are useless to hackers.
Use a reputable password manager
Password manager offers limitless password storage, and make changing passwords often very simple with one-click password generators, like LastPass, Dashlane, and others. They work really well and have the smartest hackers on the planet keeping their encryption near impossible to hack.
These simple tips help protect passwords and the data they hold access to. On a wider scale, it will help prevent data and identity theft online.