The deal that Sony experienced the other day brings to the forefront that whether a major business, a small family-owned business, or your personal computer, security measures need to be well thought out and hard to break. CNBC (2014, Dec 4) stated, “Common practices are 9 out of 10 username and password combinations are weak and easy to guess.” If it’s created for convenience and ease to remember, then it’s likely easy to be cracked; which defeats the purpose.
There are several options at password difficulty; you can have one created for you, like what the LastPass program offers, as well as remembering all passwords, thus taking out the need for ease to recall. Many password creations now measure level of difficulty when you are trying to create or update; use that to your advantage, don’t ignore the all red light up of an easy password; it’s trying to save you from the consequence of poor choice. CNBC (2014, Dec 4) said the worst passwords of 2013 were, “abc123, 123456789, 111111, and 1234567.” The more vital the information, such as payroll, would need to have the most difficult password; however that’s not to say your personal e-mail should not. It is up to the individual user, the company management, and the security divisions to ensure the proper level of protection. I would dare to say all information, should be strongly protected with strong passwords.
You can watch the CNBC video on the Sony experience by clicking the link below. Remember, password difficulty is not something to dismiss, information is valuable, whether it’s your identity, payroll, office e-mail, browser cookie access to all the websites you regularly visit, etc., protect it.
CNBC (2014, Dec 4). Eye opening hack attacks. Retrieved 5 Dec 2014 from video.cnbc.com