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?
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 IS NOT SPONSORED, ENDORSED OR ADMINISTRATED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR LINKEDIN.