WHY PASSWORD HYGIENE MATTERS
Security Advisor Middle East|June - July 2020
WHY PASSWORD HYGIENE MATTERS
IF THERE’S A VALID REASON TO CHANGE ONE OF YOUR PASSWORDS, DO IT RIGHT AWAY TO STAY AHEAD OF THE CROOKS, SAYS PAUL DUCKLIN, PRINCIPAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST, SOPHOS.
PAUL DUCKLIN

Until a few years ago, everyone received advice to change passwords on a regular and frequent basis, just because it was possible. But the idea was to reduce the length of time you’d be exposed if your password were breached since passwords provide the first line of defense to your personal and business devices.

Are password resets needed at all?

By all means, change your passwords whenever you like if you want to – and if you use a password manager, it’s easy to do just that.

But the only time you should feel compelled to change a password is when there is a clear and obvious reason to do so, and that’s if you think – or, worse still, know – that it might have been compromised.

Fortunately, in many or most recent data breaches (not all) where authentication data gets stolen, the crooks don’t end up with your actual password along with your login name.

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