Business SuccessBLOG

Cyber Security for Small Business

Do you have a password that is easy to remember but you think is creative enough that it won’t get cracked? Think again. Small business owners have a lot of passwords to keep track of and we encourage you to choose a password that is creative and easy to guess. Hackers are getting more and more creative these days with logging into accounts to steal information and it’s our job as a small business owner to protect our databases.

If you have a lot of passwords to keep track of then consider writing them all down at your desk, storing them in an e-mail or on a Google Drive. Of course, there are positives and negatives of storing passwords but if you don’t lose your handy piece of paper and if you change the password to your e-mails and Google Drive every three – four months then you should be fine!

When choosing a password is important to not use a common password that is associated with others account logins. For example, the password to your e-mail, website, virtual banking and industry software shouldn’t all be the same.  Make sure the password is a combination of 12 letters, numbers and lowercase and uppercase letters to ensure maximum online security.

If you any or all of your passwords on the list of the 25 worst passwords of 2015 (according to SplashData) then consider changing as soon as possible. Here are the 25 worst passwords of 2015 in order of most common / easiest to crack.

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. football
  8. 1234
  9. 1234567
  10. baseball
  11. welcome
  12. 1234567890
  1. abc123
  2. 111111
  3. 1qaz2wsx
  4. dragon
  5. master
  6. monkey
  7. letmein
  8. login
  9. princess
  10. qwertyuiop
  11. solo
  12. starwars

Count on Upright Communications to help guide small business owners to online marketplace success. Upright Communications has been the go-to source for many small business owners since 1996. Upright Communications is basically the same age as the internet and continues to keep up with changes and trends that take place in the search engine optimization industry. See how Upright Communications can help you generate more leads!