Online security is everything now-a-days and the most basic forms of security can be passwords. These secret strings of letters, numbers and special characters keep unwanted eyes from seeing your sensitive data. It should be obvious that they are important and should be kept to yourself, but we would like to ask why are people sharing and creating easy-to-hack passwords all the time? Well, would it be surprising that most breaches occur from internal sources?
The biggest threat to a business is lack of internal security.
And you guessed it, passwords are at the forefront of risks. Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, shows that small businesses (any business up to 250 employees) have become the main target for hackers and phishers. These phishing campaigns are only going to be more prevalent with 18% in 2011 focusing their efforts on small businesses, which has risen to a shocking 43% in 2015. (We will be awaiting the next review of 2017-2018 and let you know how much more dangerous it has gotten...) This alone shows how important it is to keep passwords to yourself, not share them (even internally) and why they should be strong.