Tell us your password stories and you could win a Visa gift card

Pete Roythorne

To mark World Password Day, we’re running a competition about – you guessed it – passwords. 

To enter, all you have to do is send us your password-related story based on a real-life event – it can be funny, serious, scary, stupid, whatever. 

 

How do you send it to us? 
That’s simple…

The competition will be run on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. It's open to any UK/US resident. To submit your story, just tag us on Twitter @logicnow, tag us on LinkedIn through our profile SolarWinds MSP, or share your story to our Facebook page Life at SolarWinds MSP. 

If it’s too long for any of these you can email it to [email protected]. 

The author of the best story, as judged by three people from our marketing department, will win a $25 Visa gift card (£25 if you're in the UK). 

The contest will start on Monday 2nd May and end on Thursday 5th May at 5PM PST (10PM EST/3AM (Friday 6th May) BST). 

And the winner is…
The winning story will be announced on Friday May 6th, and published on our blog the following week.

So, go get writing…

 

Some food for thought
But before you do, here’s some stuff to be thinking about when it comes to passwords:

Data thieves thrive on compromised credentials. Phishing, packet sniffing and social engineering are common successful attack vectors. This is why you should consider adopting a solid password management policy. If you haven’t already got one in place, here’s seven tips to get you started:

1 Consider a Password Manager to store and generate passwords. Password Managers help employees generate sophisticated and unique passwords for each login.

2 Avoid storing passwords in clear text. If storing a password is required, ensure the file and or password is encrypted.

3 Change all default passwords on vendor-provided devices and applications. The most obvious example we can all relate to is the home wireless router where "Admin" is the login and "Password" is the password.

4 Remove all account IDs and Passwords from terminated employees to avoid unauthorized access. Today’s plentitude of logins present a challenge to IT, while attackers see this as a potential backdoor into the crown jewels; your data.

5 Use multi-factor authentication such as biometrics or PINs in conjunction with your password. 

6 Enforce password complexity rules. Common examples include changing the password every X amount of days, ensuring that a password consists of alpha, numeric and in some cases a special characters.

7 Restrict the use of the same password. When attackers obtain easily guessed passwords from third-party applications such as Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, such credentials are then used to attempt access to other applications where it is more financially rewarding.

While passwords are a common backdoor for data thieves, organizations that adhere to the adoption of a password management policy essentially reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim through this attack vector. Validation of such adopted password tips and controls should then be routinely assessed to ensure checks and balances are in good standing.

Happy Password Day everyone!

 

The legal stuff…

This contest shall commence on May 2, 2016 and close on May 5, 2016. No entries will be accepted after this time and no purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter. Participants must be legal residents of the United States or United Kingdom. This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. By participating in this contest, participant consents to these official rules and the decisions of LOGICnow, which are final and binding. To enter this contest participant must tell us their best password story based on a real-life event by publishing it on social media via Twitter tagging us @logicnow, tagging us on LinkedIn through our profile LOGICnow, or sharing to our Facebook page Life at LOGICnow. Participants may also enter by emailing their entry to [email protected]. One (1) winner will be selected by LOGICnow from all eligible entries for the best password story within ten (10) days after the contest has closed and the winner will be notified within ten (10) days via social media or e-mail. If a winner cannot be notified or does not respond to notification within the specified time period then the winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected. One (1) winner will receive a $25 visa gift card (or ÂŁ25 in the winner is UK based) within thirty (30) days of being notified. Gift cards are subject to the terms and conditions of the individual gift card issuer. Only one (1) submission per person will be eligible. The winner is responsible for reporting and paying any and all income, sales or exercise taxes that may apply. The prize is not transferable or convertible into cash or otherwise and must be accepted as awarded. Participant’s entry must not violate any right of a third party including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, any other intellectual property right, or right of publicity and privacy. Participant’s entry must not include unsuitable, offensive or inappropriate content or incorporate disparagement of any product or person. By submitting an entry, participant agrees that LOGICnow has the unrestricted, perpetual right to use, reproduce, post, publish and distribute participant’s entry in whole or in part, in any media including but not limited to LOGICnow’s social media platforms or websites all without additional review, permissions or payments from or to participant. The information submitted by participant in this contest may include name, email address and other personal information. Participant agrees that their personal data may be processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes of this contest and any other purposes in accordance with LOGICnow’s privacy policy posted at: Privacy Policy. LOGICnow reserves the right to stop or cancel contests at its own discretion without notification, as and when deemed necessary. Participants agree that LOGICnow and its affiliates shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages or injuries of any kind, directly or indirectly resulting from participant’s participation in this contest, or from participant’s acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of the prize.

 

* THIS CONTEST IS NOT SPONSORED, ENDORSED OR ADMINISTRATED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR LINKEDIN.