That long password isn’t keeping you better protected
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May 21, 2024

I’m Lewis, the director of Shepherd IT. I had a passion for technology since I was a young boy, I excelled in IT and computer science at college and started my career as a technology analyst helping people with their businesses IT problems.

How secure do you think your passwords are?

Do you believe that longer is always better?

Well, here’s the sobering truth: even passwords that are 15 characters long can be compromised.

Yes, you read that right. It’s time to face the reality that length doesn’t always mean strength. The most compromised length of password is eight characters, followed by 15 characters.

You might wonder how this is possible. The answer lies in both the password length and its content, as well as whether you use the same password across multiple sites.

Surprisingly, even the 15-character password “Sym_newhireOEIE” can be compromised. This raises concerns not only for individuals but for businesses like yours too.

In fact, a staggering 86% of all cyberattacks start with stolen credentials.

Can you afford to be complacent?

While longer passwords do offer more resistance to brute force cracking, it’s important to remember that length alone won’t protect you from stolen credentials via phishing attacks. To ensure better security, consider using a robust business password manager. It will not only generate random, long passwords for you but also remember and fill them in automatically.

Additionally, employing two-factor authentication, where you generate a code on a separate device, can add an extra layer of protection. Even if cyber criminals crack your password, they still won’t be able to access your data.

If you need assistance in enhancing your business’s security measures, don’t hesitate to get in touch.