Cyber crime is on the increase and we wanted to highlight some key
areas about how you can protect yourself and your business when
creating log in passwords. Below are a few simple steps to follow,
reasons to change and recommendations to help you on the way.
Mobile Phones -This is where you store ALL your personal and business data, whether it's email
passwords, online passwords, bank access, or every single password stored in "Notes", yet you
protect this with a 4 digit password where there are only 9,999 possible combinations!! -it only
takes a hacker maximum 17 hours to crack a 4 digit password which includes rebooting your
phone after every 9th attempt!
6 Digits can take up to 30 days all for an extra 2 digits added!!
Repeating Passwords -So many people use the same password on different log ins and it's not
surprising the hackers know this. So if your data has been breached on one particular web site,
don't be surprised if it's tried to be used on other multiple sites and if it does and the other company
who have not been breached don't have to refund you!
Password Manager Tools -There are many free tools out there to store every password you create
so you don't have to remember it and therefore create unique passwords. Search "Password Manager"
one example is https://www.lastpass.com/
When creating a password please consider replacing letters with numbers, capitals in the miDDle, a
short phrase rather than one word and include £ symbols as most hackers are from the US and the
£ key isn't available on a US keyboard!
"Pwned" -Do you know if you have been put at risk due to an online account of yours being
compromised or "pwned" in a data breach? You can simply check by typing your email address or
addresses at this website https://haveibeenpwned.com/ (You'll be surprised at all the websites that
have been breached -check out the Top 10 breaches)
Insured? -Are you insured against Cyber attacks? Most policies only cover physical theft and costs
could mount to tens of thousands of pounds. Cyber insurance can cover costs you incur relating to
legal costs from prosecuting customers, replacing or repairing computer systems, ransom payments
and advisory fees, loss of income and damage to your reputation and lots more, all from as little as
£12.50 per month.
If you want to know more drop them an email or give them a call
Find more information from a Government campaign to help businesses become "Cyber Streetwise"