IT’S WORLD PASSWORD DAY!
 

Using a password formula
I can hear you now; “wait a minute, you are the the franchise sales guys! Why are you writing about cyber security?  It’s simple; regardless of your line of work, cyber security is important to you.

If you are a franchisor, you likely protect your franchisee’s bank account information, credit card information, SSN, etc. with a password. If you are a franchisee, you likely protect your franchisor’s intellectual property, as well as your employee’s personal information, with a password.
BESIDES, IT’S WORLD Password day!
We all use them, and most people’s passwords are simply not safe. Why? There are four steps to a secure password, and I am of the opinion that, for most people, following them is impossible. This article talks about those steps, why they are unrealistic, and, most importantly, gives a solution.
So what’s the solution already?
If you don’t want a little education on passwords and some 90’s Angelina Jolie history, however, feel free to  jump down to the solution, a password formula, if you want. Also, if you want to know more about world password day, cyber security, and other things you can do to besides using a password formula, check out Intel’s World Password Day site.

 
The Four Steps to a secure password
Step 1: Make it unique
This one seems obvious, but many people don’t even take this simple precaution. How do I know? Because many hacks and password dumps have shown that the top five passwords in use today are “password”, “123456”, “12345678”, “1234”, and “qwerty”.  Now, for a little history, we can swing back to 1995 when the movie Hackers taught us that the top 4 passwords were “love,” “secret,” “god,” and  “sex”.

 

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