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How Does Password Encryption Work?

If you’re an IT security expert, or any technology professional for that matter, you already have a decent idea of how passwords are saved. You’re well aware that they do not get saved in plain text form and that encryptions (try to) protect passwords from being hacked. You also probably know their vulnerabilities. Have you ever tried explaining all of that to a non-technical friend who still insists on using 123456 as their go-to password?

This video from Tech Raj puts everything on the table. It clarifies the technology of passwords and gives examples of how hackers typically get through them, including rainbow tables, dictionary attacks, and brute force attacks. If you’ve been wanting to explain the basics behind password hacking but are having trouble getting into words, then feel free to share this video.

Contractor Quick Poll: Do You Make These Password Mistakes?

It never ends! It seems every time we turn on the news we hear about an organization who had their data hacked in one way or another. On a personal level, how many times have you received notes from people on Facebook or through email warning you not to click their links because they were hacked?

There are a number of ways your account may be hacked, but experts frequently tell us that the easiest way to avoid a hack is to follow best practices when setting passwords and avoid falling into slumps. In this month’s Contractor Quick Poll, we’re asking our audience — knowledgeable IT professionals — how many password mistakes they make.

Are You Concerned Enough About Password Security?

Cybersecurity remains a top-of-mind issue for businesses today, both large and small. In 2017, breaches — like that of the Equifax breach, which put the data of 145.5 million Americans at risk — showed corporations just how damaging a cyber-attack can be. But hacks don’t just affect big-name businesses; according Verizon Data Breach Report, 61 percent of breach victims in 2017 were businesses with under 1,000 employees.

The takeaway? No matter what your company size, you have to be on top of their cybersecurity game.

This is especially true given the role that human error plays in security breaches. As a recent password security study conducted by Varonis demonstrated, the majority of Americans aren’t vigilant about changing their passwords, and often remember them using tactics that aren’t recommended by cybersecurity professionals. If you don’t have strict cybersecurity policies in place, something as simple as a negligent employee could put your company at risk.

To learn more about the password habits — and consider whether it’s time to implement a password standard when you work both with your business and your client — check out the infographic from Varonis, below.

Americans and Password Security
Infographic courtesy of Varonis.com

How Weak Are Your Passwords?

“Passwords are like apples in a fictional garden” – that’s the opening phrase in this video from Seeker. In it, they explain the basics of how passwords work, different security strategies, and above all, how hackers understand all of this to break into your account.

We create passwords for everything — social networks, job boards, online stores, government websites, the list is endless. As such, you should regularly review your security processes to ensure you’re not being hacked. One simple slip can lead somebody to your banking and identification information, which could in turn complicate your life beyond belief. So, we strongly encourage you to review this video. If you’re an IT security expert, we’d love your suggestions as well! Please share any additional tips in the comments below.