If you are like most small business owners, thinking about passwords may make your head want to spin. They are cumbersome to create, difficult to remember and a huge pain to deal with when forgotten.
But they protect everything you have worked for and therefore demand strength!
These guidelines seem to appear on almost every tech or security specialist’s list of qualities that make a strong password.
The other most widely agreed upon piece of advice? Do NOT use the same password for everything. Do I need to explain this one?
Seems like a lot to remember.
For those that seem to struggle all these various rules, my business coaching tip is to keep your sequencing the same, but change up the symbols, numbers and words.
For example, always starting with a capital letter, ending with a symbol and include a number in between two words, like so: Small3business$.
This can allow you to build uniformity among passwords, without disregarding the importance of being unique.
Another great suggestion is creating a password out of a sentence:
Sentence: Today is sunny, with a high of 83.
I know, here in Australia that’s a warm day, but you get my drift.
Once again, there is an app for that! Password managers like Keypass, Dashlane and Last Pass are commonly used.