Working Remotely? A Good Password Won’t Be Enough

If you’re working from home because of the coronavirus outbreak, you’ve made yourself safe from the disease, but you’ve also opened your computer system and work accounts to new vulnerabilities.

Google surveyed 3,000 consumers and found that 51% of them use the same passwords for both work and personal accounts.

With you and your employees working from home, devices are easily used for both work and personal purposes. This makes your business more vulnerable to possible breaches.

What are the risks?

  • Password cracking. Do you ever see those scenes in a movie where a phone or laptop is left unattended, and then a character who wants to access it figures out the password really quick? Writers may have conveniently created these characters with weak passwords to move the plot forward.

Unfortunately, there are actually people in real life who don’t use long and complex passwords because they are hard to remember. Not to mention they have to do this to several accounts. Some of these passwords even have to be updated regularly.

People with weak passwords are an easy target for security breaches because they allow cybercriminals to easily steal passwords without having to use sophisticated applications. If an intruder manages to crack just one password, he or she potentially gains access to every account on the device.

42% of them expressed that the reason why they share their passwords is to collaborate with their teammates easily.

Additionally, some employees write down their passwords in anything within their reach at their work station. It could be in a notebook or a sticky note, with both posing a risk of getting stolen or copied from.

With various collaboration tools such as G Suite for Business, you can prevent this from happening within your company. In G Suite, your employees can simultaneously work on projects while communicating in real time.

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  • Password usage of disgruntled ex-employees. We have those uncomfortable times where we have to fire employees that aren’t performing up to our standards.

Even during difficult times like the COVID-19 crisis, some of us are forced to downsize to keep the businesses afloat.

Companies always ensure that their IDs and physical devices are surrendered, but some forget about disabling ex-employees’ work-related accounts. This poses potential dangers such as selling of information to competitors or even deleting files in your database.

How can I combat these risks?

Aside from encouraging users to create unique passwords, Google also recommends them to implement multifactor authentication (MFA). Microsoft also suggests that 99% of cyber attacks can be blocked through MFA. 

You can’t get a better endorsement of MFA’s effectiveness than from these tech giants. 

MFA simply means having an extra layer of security besides your usual password, making it harder to breach. MFA is highly effective because identity tokens used during every authentication process are always guaranteed to be unique. 

This extra nudge can go a long way to protect your business from cybercriminals waiting for a password mishap.

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, cybercriminals are now more desperate and have more time in their hands. Even the most complex passwords won’t be enough. Now is the time to boost the security of your business.

Duo Security, one of the leading cybersecurity providers, offers multi-factor authentication technology. MG Hosting is a certified seller of Duo’s MFA technology. We can assess your servers and help you determine the best solution for your business.