Keep All Your Passwords Secure with Ghost IT Support Essex

We’re not the first – and we won’t be the last – to emphasize the importance of cyber-safety. And while we can guarantee most of you will agree it’s importance, putting it into practice can be difficult for individuals around the globe.

According to latest reports, nearly 3 out of 4 individuals use duplicate passwords online; many of which have not been changed in five years or more. Unsurprisingly, about 40 percent of those taking part in the survey said they had experience a “security incident” in the past year – involving hacking, having passwords stolen or fraud.

With two out of every five people being hacked, it’s time to do something different i.e. changing your password!

After speaking to our in-house cyber security experts, here are 5 tips for keeping your passwords safe this year:

Avoid using personal information. It may be tempting to use the name of your pet or child as a password, but what if the hacker is someone a little closer to home? Often, a hacker could be someone who knows you – or has found out information from your Facebook. Therefore, using personal information such as names or dates will be their first guess.

Don’t use common passwords. Believe it or not, some of the most popular passwords are “123456”, “qwerty” and of course, “password”. Stay well away from these examples – if not you will have hackers leaping at the chance to get in your computer.

● Stay away from any single words or a pair of words. Hackers use software that can test every word in the dictionary for a short amount of time. Don’t think you can fool them with common substitutions such as a “5” for an “S”, hackers and their software are wise to any tricks.

● Try long passwords. American security research organisation, SANS Institute, recommend passwords that are at least 15 characters long. However, a password with 11 or 12 characters is sufficient for individuals looking to protect their important information.

Change your passwords often. Changing your passwords too regularly can make them difficult to remember but it’s important to change them occasionally. An easy way to keep track of when you changed your passwords last is to update them at the beginning or end of the year – and add this onto your password i.e. GsOgQlLoNqB522018

How We Can Help

At Ghost Services, we can be your IT department, anytime, anywhere. We like to think we are a one-stop shop for all aspects of business-to-business IT. We are able to source and supply computers and IT equipment, install them and maintain your equipment to ensure you are making the most out of it. If you want to more information about our IT support in Essex, get in touch with us on 01708 390370

IT Support for Small Businesses

What technology may or may not mean for the future has always been something of a contentious subject. A scant few decades ago, while the very idea of a computer in every home was something out of science fiction, received wisdom was still that advantages in technology would lead to more leisure time as the “robots” did all the onerous jobs we didn’t want to do ourselves. Of course, this latter prediction has singularly failed to come to pass, but in terms of personal computing, in an age in which increasing numbers of people are bypassing the home computer stage entirely and there is instead a computer in every hand, pocket and car, our reliance on computer technology has increased exponentially.

 

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If your car breaks down, for example, you are just as likely to need someone with specialised computer know-how as you are someone with years of experience under the hood. Which is why, of course, more and more mechanics are expanding their skill sets beyond the traditional world of spanners and oil changes.

 

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Nowhere is this more true than in business, especially the small business sector where you are less likely to have a complete specialist team on-site to deal with your problems. Which is where we come in. At Ghost Services , we are that complete specialist team. Over 300 organisations in the Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire regions trust us to handle their storage, security and support services requirements.

 

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Whether it’s on an ad hoc basis whereby we react to your individual crises as and when they occur via a system of tickets, or on a more permanent, contracted basis, we will act to immediately resolve any business critical problems that may arrive and ensure the smooth running of your operation. If contracted, we will effectively become your IT department, and with our experience and expertise, we will deal with the bits and bytes for you while you concentrate on making the pounds and pennies.

Contact us today on 01708 390 370, or fill in our online contact form and we will come up with a quote for you, with no obligation to buy – or visit our website here