If you’ve noticed that some websites seems sluggish or you’re having connectivity issues, you’re not alone. The past several days have witnessed a large uptick in coordinated hacker activity, with the lion’s share of the brute-force and DDoS variety. This is something performing arts groups need to pay attention to because thanks to lower-than-should-be budget levels for things like IT support and computer security, they can find themselves at a higher than average level of risk.
One of the most useful steps in shutting down hackers before they get anywhere is using a strong password. Yes, strong passwords are a pain in the ass to remember and it is so much easier to pick something easy to remember and burry your head in the sand, but you aren’t doing yourself any favors.
Fortunately, we covered the vitally important issue of password security in a post from June 4, 2012 and in a follow-up article from 1/25/13 about ways to make using strong passwords easier and less hassle.
Read. Both. Articles.
The last thing anyone wants is to be the person responsible for getting your entire office network blacklisted by major hosts and ISPs because they discovered one or more computers in your office were compromised by a brute-force attack thanks to your “MahlerRocks2″ password.
[ilink url=”http://adaptistration.com/blog/2013/01/25/eliminate-password-fail-time-suck-once-and-for-all/”]Password management made easy.[/ilink]
[ilink url=”http://adaptistration.com/blog/2012/06/04/change-your-password-already/”]How to create a strong password.[/ilink]