NCAM: Security Issues

Written by Sterling Gardner

October 14, 2021

Happy Week 2 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Over the next two weeks, we’re going to talk about 3 potential security problems that the any person could encounter in everyday technology use.

1.Weak Passwords

Passwords protect everything we do in the online world. From the 4 or 6-digit pin you use to access your phone to the passwords you create for your bank account, passwords matter. A lot. Password security and strength is as much an art as it is a science, but here are a few good guidelines for creating strong passwords:

  1. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters. The more diverse your password is, the harder it is to guess or hack.
  2. Generally, the longer the password, the more secure.
  3. Try to avoid using only words that are found in the dictionary. Some hackers use the dictionary to try to hack passwords.
  4. Don’t reuse passwords.
  5. Rotate important passwords every 3-6 months.

Seems like a lot, doesn’t it? If you’re going to have strong passwords and protect them, you probably need a password manager. Go read Sterling’s Keeper Password Security blogs for more information on why we recommend a password manager. Trust me, if you want secure passwords, you’re going to need it.

Next week, we’ll talk about the other 2 security issues that users see everyday: phishing and fake websites. See you then!

For more NCAM information, check out Free Security Awareness Training Videos for 2020 | CompTIA. This is a free informational resource that we highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about cybersecurity.

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