January 21, 2019

Simple Steps to a Secure Password

If you’ve had to reset any of your passwords, you’ve run into the stricter requirements that all websites are now enforcing.  These requirements may include using both lower and upper case letters; using numbers; or using a symbol.  By incorporating these, your making a secure password, and  you’re helping to ensure the privacy of your information.

But how can these simple and effect steps create a secure password?

The longer and more complex your password is, the better.

With the increasing amount of online purchases and transaction, safeguarding your information is more important than ever.

Here are 5 other easy ways to help you create a more secure password.

1. Use a password phrase

  • A quote for your favorite movie, book, poem, or song:  ‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat’[1]
  • A famous saying:  ‘My fellow Americans’

2. Substitute numbers and symbols in place of letters

  •  Leaves of Grass  —>  Le@v3 of Gr4$$[2]

3. Create an acronym

  • ‘Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore’[3] —>  TIGAFWNIKA

4. Misspell or write your password backwards

  • Broadway  —>  Braodway
  • Broadway  —>  yawdaorB

5. Create a pattern on your keyboard

  • Make a zigzag pattern by using letters and numbers that are above or below one another for example, FT6yhu8IK

 


[1] JAWS, 1975

[2] Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

[3] Wizard of Oz, 1939

Highlights From 2013 Network Security & Data Breach Report

This is Part 1 of a Two-Part Blog about global network security challenges in 2013. Part 2 will address ways that a company can rectify these problems.

Spam, Network Security, malware

Spam & Network Security

Zephyr Networks is surprised at how slowly many small to mid-sized businesses are moving to address the new network security challenges and data breaches that have become all too common. A 2013 report about network security and data breaches by TrustWave focuses on the dominant problems facing companies and potential solutions. From spam to malware, phishing to data breaches, the problems faced by companies are growing as the use of technology grows. Zephyr Networks has a proven track record of helping companies deal with each of these challenges and more. By providing quality network security and data breach prevention strategies, we help our clients protect the essential data and intellectual property of their businesses.

 

4 Network Security and Data Breach Challenges:

1) Employees Unlocking The Cyber Door:

Employees leave the cyber door open to network security and data breach attacks. Whether due to lack of education or policy enforcement, employees pick weak passwords and continue to click on phishing links in spam and on websites. In addition, they share proprietary company information on social and public platforms.

2) The Vulnerability of Applications To Malware:

Applications emerged as the most popular attack vector, and the vulnerability of applications to malware is an ongoing issue. E-commerce sites were the number one targeted assets, and these sites often result in malware infecting applications used in conjunction with these sites.

3) Time Lag In Detection Of And Response To A Data Breach:

The majority of organizations attacked in 2012 took more than 90 days to detect an intrusion. What is even more frightening is that 5 percent discovered attacks that has taken place 3 or more years ago. The damage had already been done because the attack was never detected. This is where the services if a cyber security provider like Zephyr Networks becomes indispensable. .

4) Employees Still Clicking On Malicious Spam:

Spam volume represents over 75% percent of a typical organization’s inbound e-mail. Even if the majority is ignored, some gets through and the messages are examined and read by employees. What is disturbing is that roughly 10 percent of spam messages are malicious in nature, containing malware and other cyber threats. Still, employees continue to click on malicious spam, leading directly to breaches and network security  problems.

In Part 2 of this blog, Zephyr Networks will address some basic steps a company can take to address these issues.  If you are worried about the network security of your company, please contact Zephyr Networks today. To learn more about how we can protect your company, call Zephyr toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.

Are you paranoid enough?

This NY Times article on Passwords will make you rethink how you use passwords online