Why do we need Password and PIN security?
Imagine if a person knew the PIN number on your ATM card and just needed to obtain your card to take all your money. Having strong passwords and keeping them safe from others allows us to safeguard information, prevent information security breaches and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. This is particularly important where we manage and handle critical information and assets or sensitive data.
Failure to adhere to password and PIN security can result in unauthorised access to personal data, as well as company networks and systems by those not entitled to access.
Did you know?
- An organisation had to reset more than 24 million user passwords after hackers attacked its servers affecting millions of users
- LinkedIn also reported that more than six million passwords had been leaked onto the internet
- A recent study revealed the two most popular passwords used (and for many previous years dating into the 1990s) were “password” and “123456.” Easy for you to remember and others to guess!
Here are some helpful tips to getting it right;
- Use a strong password that is easy to remember but hard for others to guess;
- Passwords must be at least 8 characters long using a combination of lower and upper case, as well as numbers and special characters
- Think of a memorable sentence and use the initial letter of each word to make up your password, then adding a few numbers or special characters
- PINs should be 4 at least numbers long and avoid using numbers that others can easily guess, such as your D.O.B.
- Change your password immediately if you believe it may be compromised
- Use a different password for different accounts or websites
- Safeguard your password from others NEVER SHARE IT, there is no reason to share your login ID and password, not even with the IS Service Centre!
- Only use your own login ID and password to access company resources
- Commit your password or PIN to memory, if you must write it down, keep it in a safe place
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