Password Management Best Practices

October 20, 2022

Poor password security practices continue to be one of the leading causes of data breaches, with over 80% of breaches attributed to stolen credentials [1]. Creating strong and secure passwords is your first line of defense against cybercriminals and is essential to reducing your organization’s risk.

Here are five password management best practices:

    • Every password should be at least 12 characters long and should be unique and complex, using a combination of special characters, numbers, capitalization and punctuation
    • Never share your password with anyone else
    • Use different passwords for each account
    • Implement multi-factor authentication
    • Use a password manager

With the average person having over 70 passwords, a password manager is an effective tool to safely manage online credentials. A password manager is a piece of software on your phone, tablet or computer that helps generate strong passwords and safely stores them. Password managers only take a few minutes to download and are easy to use. To keep this tool extra safe, secure it with multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Conner Strong and Buckelew’s Cyber Portal has additional tools, trainings and resources to help keep your organization safe. Contact your account representative to learn more about our cyber services or to help set up your cyber portal account.

[1] Verizon. Data Breach Investigations Report, 2022.


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