Secure IT everyday
How and what can you do to work in a safe and secure way with the IT support you have and use? Being Cybersmart - #becybersmart Using strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, backing up your data and keeping your devices' software up to date is a great way to #becybersmart
Tips for maintaining IT security and protecting your information:
Length of password over complexity.
A password that consists of 8 randomly selected characters is never as strong as a collection of multiple words that add 12 - 20 characters. Preferably choose a set of memorable words that you can connect in your mind. For example, "peanut butter salt sugar bread yummy", which makes me think of eating a peanut butter sandwich. You should also associate words with symbols or numbers instead of spaces to increase the difficulty.
Do not reuse passwords
It is tempting to reuse a password. It makes it easy for you to remember it on all your different accounts, but it leaves you wide open if someone manages to break your password on one page. You run the risk of intruders gaining access to all your services where you use the same password.
Change your password if an IT service or website has had a leak.
If an IT service or website notifies you that your account may have been compromised in the event of a leak, change your password immediately.
Use a password manager.
Even the most memorable passwords become a problem if you need to remember more than a small handful of them. With a password manager, each of these IT supports and websites has a unique password.
You only need to remember the password for your password manager and your primary password to be able to log in to my devices using your password manager.
If possible, always enable multi-factor authentication.
With multi-factor authentication apps, such as Microsoft Authenticator, Okta or via text / SMS, a unique code and your password must be entered to log in. Always select the App version over the SMS-based two-factor authentication.