By Marshall Welke, Chief Compliance Officer & Director of Operations
October isn’t only for ghosts and ghouls. It’s also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
This year, cybersecurity is more important than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. Scammers are taking advantage of fear and uncertainty during this time, along with the widespread and rapid shift to remote work.
To that end, we wanted to share several measures you can take to help safeguard yourself from potential cyber threats while working from home:
The password itself is also critically important. The longer and more complex, the better. The chart below illustrates different password types with a corresponding estimate of how long it would take an algorithmic program to crack your password. The key takeaway is that implementing a mix of lowercase and capital letters, symbols and numbers makes it drastically more difficult to guess your password. This same logic applies for your bank, Windows, email and other account passwords.
Algorithmic Crack Time
|Password Length||Lowercase Only|
Capital Letter, Symbols, Numbers
|4 Characters||.046 Seconds|
|11 Characters||1.16 Centuries|
|13 Characters||78.7 Millenia|
|14 Characters||2,046 Millenia|
These are just a few, yet effective, cybersecurity measures to implement for a safer remote working environment. For additional information, please contact IT@exencialwealth.com.
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