As small business owners, there are many things to track and manage in order to ensure your business runs as smoothly and effectively as possible! One important item to consider for your business, which you may not think about much, is password protection.
With the high amount of accounts and logins that you have for your business—from emails and computer logins, to finances and social media sites—it can be very difficult to keep track of all your passwords! We know it may seem easy to have one “go-to” password, but it is very important to vary your passwords for your business and personal protection.
Not sold on the importance of your online security? It happens, and unfortunately, we may be less secure than we think. Read Mat Honan’s recent hacking nightmare, which he attributes to security flaws in his Apple and Amazon accounts, all of which could have been avoided with stronger password protection. Intruders gaining access to these accounts eventually led to social media account hacks and most notably, full data erase on his iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Gmail account. Don’t allow a similar situation happen to you or your business!
- Use personal information that could easily be guessed such as your birthday, middle name or college.
- Use the same password for every account!
- Share with more people than need be. Keep your passwords to yourself, or only with select, trusted employees.
- Save your password information in an easy-to-access space, or labeled as “passwords.”
- Create unique passwords for your various accounts to maximize security. If one password is guessed, you don’t want your full system to be accessible to the intruder.
- Combine letters and numbers, and use a mixture of lowercase and capital letters when creating passwords.
- Store all usernames and passwords in one secure document. Update it as new accounts are added. This will ensure you never forgot a login, and that all your accounts are tracked.
- Change your passwords every so often, especially for your most important and sensitive accounts.
- Change passwords that could affect your business security if you have employee turn-over. You don’t want any previous employees to have access to important business logins, financial documents or access to your building or owned creative data (even if they leave on a good note).
Work to keep your business and personal data safe and follow these top password tips today!