Vulnerability Spotlight: The Weakness of Passwords


Cybercriminals continually seek new methods to breach business systems, often succeeding due to weak passwords. Nearly 50% of cyberattacks last year involved weak or stolen passwords. Small businesses must prioritize password security and implement robust policies.

Password Best Practices

  1. Use a Password Manager: Harness the power of a password manager to generate and securely store robust passwords across all your accounts. By centralizing password management, this tool guarantees password uniqueness and simplifies the process of securely storing and accessing your credentials. Additionally, it offers features like password strength assessment and auto-fill capabilities, further enhancing your cybersecurity posture.
  2. Implement Single Sign-On (SSO): SSO enables access to multiple applications with one set of credentials. To enhance security, ensure your SSO password is strong and unique.
  3. Avoid Password Reuse: Avoid password reuse by assigning unique credentials to your accounts. This practice mitigates the risk of widespread compromise if one account is breached. Embrace the security offered by password managers, eliminating the need to jot down passwords on insecure mediums like paper and ensuring robust protection for your digital assets.
  4. Utilize Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Two-factor authentication (2FA) fortifies security by demanding an additional verification step, typically involving a code sent to a trusted device or generated through an authenticator app. This dual-layered approach significantly bolsters the protection of your accounts, ensuring unauthorized access is thwarted even if passwords are compromised.
  5. Avoid Using Social Media Information: Avoid incorporating readily accessible personal information from social media, such as your name or birth date, into your passwords. Doing so is a vital precaution against hackers attempting to exploit this information to guess or crack your passwords. You effectively fortify your digital defences against unauthorized access and potential breaches by steering clear of such predictable password elements.

Seek Assistance from a Service Provider

As cyberattacks evolve, it can be challenging to dedicate adequate resources to combat them. A service provider like us can assist in ensuring strong password practices, secure storage, and regular password changes. Prioritize password security to safeguard your business from cyber threats. Schedule a consultation with a service provider to explore comprehensive protection measures. Additionally, consider utilizing the Fraudster mobile app for further education on protecting against cyber fraud. Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation at

For top-notch social media security, stay vigilant against online fraud and prioritize safeguarding your account’s privacy. Dive deeper into cyber consumer concerns and discover the best protection practices by accessing our interactive mobile app, FRAUDSTER, compatible with Apple and Android devices. Explore further at Have you already got FraudsterApp? Tap the training icon on your home screen to improve your self-protection skills.

Terry Cutler

I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Internet Safety University, an educational system helping to defend corporations and individuals against growing cyber threats. I’m a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the founder of Cyology Labs, a first-line security defence firm headquartered in Montréal, Canada. In 2020, I wrote a bestselling book about the secrets of internet safety from the viewpoint of an ethical hacker. I’m a frequent contributor to National & Global media coverage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and social network dangers families and individuals face daily.