The biggest Cybersecurity Mistakes to avoid is poor password health. Most people have a general formula for their passwords. Often times, it’s “simple or personally important word personally significant number”. If this sounds like you, you might be in danger. Bad password construction is one of the biggest mistakes you can make that harms your cybersecurity.
These kinds of passwords are fine for small and insignificant web browsing purposes so long as they’re entirely disconnected from your work devices and system. For company use, however, you need to make a stronger password.
Your password should be in the sweet spot between “easy to recollect” and “hard to guess”. This can be complicated.
If you’re using numbers, ensure that they don’t have an obvious keyboard path (meaning no “12345” type sequences). Also be careful about using significant numbers that other people know, like birthdates or the date that you started your firm. Using numbers alone isn’t secure, so try adding in symbols or letters.
Consider thinking of a nonsense phrase and then turning it into shorthand. The stranger the combination of words, the less likely that it will be able to be cracked.
If you would like to see an example of a modern password policy, we have a free to download version right here in our Cyber Security Guides.