Five Tips for Keeping Passwords Safe
Check out the key issues your users should always be aware of when it comes to password security.
Just last week, I wrote about a recent survey by Symantec that revealed how the majority of users simply don't change their passwords. This is not totally unexpected, I suppose, which was what culminated in me writing the post "Password Management: What Employees Should Know" earlier last month. My rationale is simple; as stakeholders in the computer security of their organizations, it is in the interest for employers to play a part to educate their staffers on password best practices.
Anyway, PC Tools saw my post and sent along some practical pointers specifically addressing the topic of how to create good, robust passwords, which I reproduce below.
I gave the online Secure Password Generator a spin, and what I liked about it is how it is possible to create between one to 50 passwords at a go. Of course, as pointed out by IT Business Edge reader Luke in the comments section of my passwords post, using password management tools is important if users are to break out of rotating between only two or three passwords.
Luke recommended a password management software called Sticky Password, which he says has helped his company eliminate the problem of forgotten passwords. I haven't had the chance to try it myself, though it seems to come with sophisticated features such as being able to assign a Bluetooth device or removable USB key as a mandatory access device to unlock the password database.
Feel free to share any additional tips you might have on creating and maintaining strong passwords here.