Password protection is the way forward
Creating strong passwords has become the biggest burden of today’s generation. So many different accounts are created during the online “struggle” to have access to all the services available to us; but keeping track of the multiple usernames and passwords becomes too overwhelming for any sane person. Controlling this issue in the workplace does not make it simpler. Constant headlines announcing data breaches serve as a daily reminder to all that services we’ve divulged our sensitive information to could possibly already have been compromised.
We need to stress the importance of unique, strong passwords for each online account. Re-using passwords makes it that much easier for unsuspecting victims to be exploited for the data that has now been compromised.
Passwords are known to be leaked on a daily basis through online services that we register for using work email addresses. The potential consequences of these accounts being breached are always bleak. Services such as LinkedIn, Dropbox and Adobe have publically announced that they have dealt with encounters such as these. Most people re-use passwords across all the platforms they use for professional purposes. And the large amount of data breaches announced in 2017 all involved weak, default or stolen passwords. This just provides evidence to prove that password protocols need to be tightened in the workplace, at home and in one’s personal capacity.
With the experiences being shared and observed online during the general population’s attempt to protect their online security, we should all now be inclined to adopt the mindset of being one step ahead with this growing problem. Using private email addresses that are not known to a larger audience could be that “thing” that gives your online persona that edge above the rest. The various stages of a cyber attack can be prevented early on with implementing this system. Using personal personas for professional reasons has its own set of drawbacks. Personal telephone numbers, or even addresses, now have the potential to be compromised. When considering this as an alternative, one should be aware of the line that needs to be drawn in order to protect one’s network security from anything outside of the boundary that has been created.
Using company email to register for online services is the smart route to take when considering the admin and general processes involved. We cannot ignore the good reasons to do so in certain cases. However, segmenting your data is an effective preventative measure to take against data breaches. Doing things differently, mixing it up and creating a system that works through trial and error is the ultimate goal. Implementing the basics and tuning your business’ specific needs is what all business owners should work towards.