We need to get back to password basics since weak passwords are still the leading cause of data breaches for both individuals and companies. Follow these guidelines to help avoid future breaches:
1. Social Media:
Don't use passwords that can be guessed from information provided on personal or professional Social Media sites like:
a) Family Members
b) High School or Year of Graduation
c) Place of Employment
d) Birth Date
2. Out of the Box Passwords:
Remember to change default passwords for all types of computing resources including application and web servers, etc. Hackers can obtain default passwords by downloading product guides from the internet.
3. Don't use Keyboard Patterns for Passwords:
Avoid passwords that involve keys that appear together on the keyboard like "asdfg" or "uiop".
4. Don't use the Same Password for All Online Accounts:
This allows a hacker to get into all of your email, online or shopping accounts if they break one password. Mix it up. Don't make it easy.
5. Avoid Popular Passwords such as these on the 2012 Worst Password List by SplashData:
6. Change password frequently.
7. Don't re-use passwords.
8. Longer passwords are better if a larger number of characters are allowed.
9. Passwords should not be the same as the user name.
10. Sharing Passwords is never a good idea for either personal or business use.