You can have all the locks on your data center and have all the network security available, but nothing will keep your data safe if your employees are careless with passwords.

Here are some tips for creating passwords that will help keep your company safe from hackers:

  1. Change passwords ever 30 to 90 days.
  2. Require passwords that combine upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  3. Teach employees not to use standard dictionary words (in any language), or personal data that can be known or can be stolen (addresses, telephone numbers, SSNs, etc.).
  4. Emphasize that employees should not access anything using another employee’s login. To save time or for convenience, employees may leave systems and screens open and let others access them. This is usually done so one person does not have to take the time to logout and the next take the effort to log back in. Make a policy regarding this and enforce it. If you see this happening, make sure they are aware of it.

These are just a few basic password tips, but they can make a huge difference.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 410-465-3955.