How to create the perfect password

Everyone needs to be careful when it comes to online security today and creating new passwords can become almost a daily occurrence. But with so many different stipulations and requirements for each site or account which asks for passwords it can be incredibly difficult to remember them all. Although there are now many different ‘password managers’ available, there is also a free and equally easy way to create unique but entirely memorable passwords for every single account using one base password. And here’s how to do so in two simple steps:

  1. Firstly, pick a base password which is easy to remember but not easy to guess. Online security tips all tell us to avoid using your name, a pet’s name, your birthday etc as these can be easily guessed by hackers. One suggestion is to select a regular word (preferably at least eight letters long) and swap out some of the letters for numbers or symbols. For example: Password can become Pa$$w0rd. This way a ‘dictionary attack’ won’t identify the characters as forming a real word. You’re also assured to comply to any account’s requirements when it comes to upper and lower case letters, symbols, and numbers.
  2. Now comes the clever bit: when you create a new account, you are going to incorporate the name of the website/server into your passwords. To create this unique password, you take the first four letters of your base password, add in the first four letters of the website, and then finish off your base password. For example, say you’re setting up a Facebook account. Your password would become: Pa$$facew0rd. Or maybe you need a new Gmail: Pa$$gmaiw0rd. Both of these combinations scored 99% on the Password Meter’s online strength test (http://www.passwordmeter.com) and would take a computer 34 thousand years for a computer to crack each one (https://howsecureismypassword.net).

Using this very simple technique, every single one of your passwords will be different, completely nonsensical to someone trying to hack your system, and, perhaps most importantly, easy to remember. They’ll also tick all the boxes when it comes to including upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. From Pa$$twitw0rd to Pa$$amazw0rd, your Twitter and Amazon accounts will be secure and you’ll never have to worry about forgetting passwords or online security ever again!

It takes time to go through all your existing accounts and change your passwords to follow this technique but, believe me, it’s worth it. Think of all the time you’ll save in the future thanks to the fact that you’ll never lock yourself out of an account again!

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Protect Your Business With Help From IT Security Melbourne Experts

Last year Hewlett Packard sponsored a report on malicious activities online and their impact on businesses. Titled, 2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study, it was conducted independently by Ponemon Institute and is a very detailed report into to the detrimental effects these attacks can have. If you are running a business it would be worthwhile reading the report and ensure you are suitably protected against potential cyber crime with the assistance of a qualified IT security Melbourne professional.

The study was conducted globally and investigated a range of businesses within the following countries: Germany, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Brazil and Australia. Statistics were complied and then separate reports were generated for each country. The United States had the highest total average cost of cyber crime with over $15 million dollars estimated to be lost by the business involved in the study!

In Australia the study found that cyber crime had risen 13%  since the previous year. The 28 organisations taking part had an estimated loss of revenue between $792,932 to $18 million. The average cost being estimated at $4.9 million per year! These are extraordinary figures which highlight the need for your business to be suitably protected. An experienced IT support Melbourne technician can conduct a security audit to see where weaknesses are in your system.

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Cost of Cyber Crime Annualized Total Cost

Other important findings that the Cost of Cyber Crime Study report found were:

  • Cyber crime costs differ between the size of an organisation. Unfortunately small businesses suffer higher costs per capita than larger businesses.
  • No industry is exempt from cyber crime. Some of the most targeted organisations include energy and utility services, financial sectors, technology industries, media, consumer products and retail stores.
  • Cyber attacks can be very costly to a business is not rectified quickly. Keep in mind the average time to resolve a cyber attack was 31 days. Some malicious attacks may lay dormant to reappear at a later stage, causing more havoc.

To alleviate any worries and be able to focus on running your business successfully and smoothly, leave IT Security Melbourne to the professionals who can close any loopholes in your current system. Don’t let your business become another victim of cyber crime!

IT Support is Vital to Keep Your Business Running

Businesses both big and small rely on computer systems to keep their production running smoothly and staff working productively. Unfortunately if valuable computer equipment isn’t serviced regularly them systems can fail, leading to very expensive down time for business due to loss of revenue while the issues is identified and rectified. The best way to keep your business running smoothly is by incorporating preventative maintenance by your trusted IT support professionals.

When computer systems fail they can have disastrous consequences as experienced in the United States earlier this month. Three major corporations systems all failed on the same morning. Initially cyber hackers were blamed for the “coordinated attack” but this theory was denounced by authorities as the computer failures were completely different and were a result of internal malfunctions and server overloads.

United Airlines had to ground all flights temporarily due to a network connectivity issue with their computers being unable to communicate with each other. Everything from checking in to booking systems were down for over an hour. This threw staff and passengers into chaos with disrupted travel plans and people missing their connecting flights.

Not long after this incident, the New York Stock Exchange were forced to suspend trading for around 4 hours due to an internal technical problem which was revealed to be a configuration issue. This technical glitch certainly didn’t help investor confidence. The next system to fail was at the Wall Street Journal’s website, with speculation that server overload was the main cause. Large amounts of online traffic tried to access the Journals site after the NY Stock Exchange’s forced closure.

It’s astonishing that such large businesses can have computer system failures. Situations like these highlight the importance of computer maintenance to help prevent this happening to your business. IT support Melbourne can assist with preventative maintenance to ensure your computer system is kept up to date and any issues are identified quickly and fixed before they become a major problem.

A professional IT support consultant can help support your business by ensuring:

• that your backup system is working properly
• virus protection is functioning and up to date
• setting up a reliable firewall
• update your system with the most current security patches

All of the above features are essential to keep your business protected online and if anything were to occur unexpectedly, there would be the most up to date backups available to get your system up and running in no time.