Prevent Ransomware with Complex Passwords & Multifactor Authentication

Ashley Chambliss
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“Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that prevents you from accessing your computer files, systems, or networks and demands you pay a ransom for their return. Ransomware attacks can cause costly disruptions to operations and the loss of critical information and data.”

Avoiding attacks and prevention of ransomware is a top concern for Managed IT services, including here at Thriveon. You can help prevent ransomware by ensuring you and your employees use complex passwords and multi-factor authentication for all logins on company provided devices. These simple prevention measures could mean the difference between staving off or succumbing to a ransomware attack. 

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Prevent Ransomware with Complex Passwords 

Make certain that your employees do what you can to avoid a ransomware attack in the first place. By using complex and different passwords for all logins, it’s one small way that you can make it harder for a cybercriminal to attempt an attack. Password Managers are especially helpful in helping you store your passwords securely and even provide the option of creating random complex passwords for you, so they are complex, smart, safe – but you do not have to write them down elsewhere or memorize them.  

Complex passwords considerations: 

  • At minimum 12 characters 
  • Current recommendations are 19 characters 
  • Consider using a pass phrase 
  • Use different passwords for each account 
  • Change passwords frequently  

Prevent Ransomware with Multifactor Authentication 

Another way you can set up your logins and devices to be more protected is through implementing multifactor authentication. What this means is that for every new login attempt, it pushes a code or prompt to another device that you have access to, so you can verify that it is really you who is logging in. By enforcing multifactor authentication, bad actors need more than your password to access your information. 

Creating complex passwords and using multifactor authentication for your logins are just two ways that you can work to avoid ransomware. Let us help to secure your accounts and ensure you are set up to help prevent ransomware. Schedule a meeting today! 

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