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The benefits of changing your password often cannot be underestimated. Your computer stores and provides access to a lot of sensitive information. Even more so when connected to a network that houses the information of your clients. Keeping all of this data safe and secure must be a priority. It is wise for organizations to have a password policy that requires employees to change their passwords regularly. Passwords should also be unique for each account. pim recommends changing passwords every 90 days (about 3 months).
According to Thytoctic, 80% of all cyber security attacks involve a weak or stolen password. Changing your password quarterly reduces your risk of exposure and avoids a number of IT Security dangers. Unfortunately, passwords are often neglected. We have enough to worry about without thinking of changing our eleventy-million passwords, right? However, the problem is hacking and security breaches are on the rise.
Protecting your data starts with securing passwords. Passwords are your first line of defense against cyber-attack. So, let’s look at why you should change your password often, when you should change it, and some best practices for choosing a password.
If you use the same password for all your accounts, if one gets hacked, you should assume the others will be as well. Each account should have a unique password. For example, you should not use your Facebook password as your work password or your Target password for your mobile banking password.
A hacker may attempt to access your account more than once over a period of time. Changing your password often reduces the risk that they will have frequent access.
If you lose or change computers, it is possible for someone else to gain access to your passwords. Regularly updating your passwords means that even if someone finds an old or saved password, it will no longer be useful, and your data will be secure.
A keystroke logger is surveillance technology use to record keystrokes. It is often used to steal credit card information as well as login credentials. Regularly changing your password makes it less likely that passwords obtained this way will be useful for any length of time.