IT Security Tip: Make THIS password different from everything else
You know you’re guilty of it: using the same password for everything, which is a sign of very weak IT security. It is also one of the most common culprits for enabling cyber criminals to easily access all of your data. Believe me, I understand how annoying it is to try and remember all those passwords; and if you’re using the same password for sites that don’t share sensitive information, like a login to a news feed you like to read, then it’s generally okay.
HOWEVER, the ONE password you want to keep unique is your e-mail password.
If an e-commerce site you’ve registered at or bought from gets hacked – and you’ve used the SAME password you usually use for everything to register at the site – you can pretty much bet hackers are going to gain access to your in-box. They’ll have your e-mail and your password to the e-commerce site and will use that to hack in. From there, they’ll have fertile ground for getting all your data and other passwords.
If you are an SMB Manager or Owner, you should know that IT security has been more compromised than ever before since the start of the COVID pandemic. Increased remote workers with poor IT security in place while outside the office, has meant even greater opportunities for cyber criminals, hackers and those looking to take full advantage of weak IT security.
In addition to this, if YOU aren’t giving IT security the attention it deserves, how do you think your CLIENTS would feel about that? If for no other reason, you need to do it to protect your clients’ data, even if the only information about them you store is an e-mail address.
If YOUR systems gets compromised, hackers will now have access to your CLIENTS’ e-mail and can use that for phishing scams and virus-laden spam. I’m sure your clients want you to be a good steward of their information and privacy, so stop lying to yourself and get serious about putting essential security practices in place.
Cybercrime is at an all-time high, and hackers are setting their sights on small and medium businesses who are “low hanging fruit.”
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