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The Importance of Strong Passwords

Password Strength

Over time, we’ve all been guilty of making a simple password to log in and just check something that we use on a daily basis. A lot of us even think that “oh I can’t possibly be hacked” or “this wouldn’t happen to me”. While this may be true and good fortune may be in your favor, I am here to tell you that it is still important to have a strong password. 

Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer and personal information. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software. You should maintain strong passwords for all accounts on your computer.

Studies show that there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds.

A Clark School study at the University of Maryland is one of the first to quantify the near-constant rate of hacker attacks of computers with Internet access— every 39 seconds on average, affecting one in three Americans every year —and the non-secure usernames and passwords we use that give attackers more chance of success.

 In addition, 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses! 64% of companies have experienced web-based attacks.  62% experienced phishing & social engineering attacks. 59% of companies experienced malicious code and botnets and 51% experienced denial of service attacks. small organizations (those with fewer than 500 employees) spend an average of $7.68 million per incident.

Here are some useful tips for creating strong passwords and keeping your information secure.

Password Strength