Security Spring Cleaning

March 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

Simple Spring Security Tips
 
Its spring again and it is time to go over your security policies and best practices for 2013.  There are just two things you can do to make sure your safe this season.
 
1. Revisit your passwords and policy.  If you are still using the same password for everything, or if your password is "D0G" or "Pa55w0rd" its probably time to think about getting a new one.  For starters make sure your passwords are more than 8 characters, not found the the dictionary and use a combination of upper case, numbers and special characters.  Try to make a dictionary attack as hard as possible. For your servers reset your automatic password reset, length and complexity. Audit for empty passwords. Use a program like 1Password and start using OpenGPG.
 
2. Enable two-factor authentication. Even with a simple password you can make it that much more difficult to crack your account if you enable two-factor authentication.  Google has an Authenticator app for iphone and android that makes securing some of your more vulnerable services more secure.  
 
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