It’s been more than a year since the last reminder which means it is high time to remind everyone to update your passwords, especially ones related to work at your arts org. Hacker activity hasn’t subsided since a big spike at the beginning of the calendar year and 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 and burry your head in the sand, but you aren’t doing yourself any favors.
We’ve covered this topic in the past via a pair of useful articles and the advice there is entirely relevant, especially the material related to password managers.
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 “MahlerRox2!” password.
[ilink url=”https://adaptistration.com/blog/2013/01/25/eliminate-password-fail-time-suck-once-and-for-all/”]Password management made easy.[/ilink]
[ilink url=”https://adaptistration.com/blog/2012/06/04/change-your-password-already/”]How to create a strong password.[/ilink]
2 thoughts on “Time To Update Your Passwords”
I have been using LastPass Premium for a few months now – can’t recommend it highly enough. At last count I am up to 120 unique passwords, all generated by LastPass. With Premium, it works on your mobile devices as well.
I wholeheartedly agree, another very useful feature if you do any sort of IT work is the ability to share passwords with other lastpass users. It’s a great way to help keep clients/co-workers, etc. using strong passwords without the hassle of them having to give you the p/w whenever troubleshooting needs to occur etc.
For development work, it’s great; I can set any one of my programmers up with a admin user account at a Venture install and send them the login creds without needing to contact them. As a result, they are able to login in right away without having to ask for the credentials. It makes a remote working structure that much easier to maintain.