About Us | Contact Us
View Cart

Free Security!

By Dan Hadaway | Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - Leave a Comment

Passwords are free!

We’re lucky because as an employee of a bank we’ve been trained on the “controls” we can use to protect ourselves.  But we have to use them!  Let’s be sure to apply everything we’ve learned to keep us safe at work towards keeping us safe in the social media!

  • We know what a strong password* is because we work at a financial institution.  LET’S ALWAYS USE THEM.  We don’t use good password management at the financial institution because we want to inconvenience ourselves, right?  We preach it as a strong control.  If we use weak passwords on our social media sites, somebody could cause a lot of embarrassment.
  • We know how important it is to use strong anti-virus awareness at the bank.  We don’t open attachments we’re not expecting.  If the anti-virus application throws up an error, we know to take it seriously.  We need to translate that same thing to our use of own computer systems as well as our use of social media!
  • We know to “authenticate” callers and e-mailers and even vendors coming into our branches.  We must take this same approach to people “friending us” in these social media sites!

* I am compelled to re-identify what a strong password is:

  • A strong password is a password that has six characteristics:
  • Upper case text
  • Lower case text
  • Numbers
  • Special Characters
  • At least eight characters long
  • No dictionary words!

That last one (no dictionary words) is very important.  A password like “America#1” meets five of the six factors, but because “America” is in the dictionary and can thus be guessed in less than 20 seconds by “cracker” software, America#1 is not a very strong password . . . it is only three characters long.

Remember:  the reason we need to use strong passwords is to buy time in the event of a security breach.  If there is a compromise of our “network perimeter,” the bad guys can not do anything until they have a password.  If you are not using strong passwords, then you will be the weakest link in our chain!

Click here for more information about User Awareness Training.

Infotex Team

Intended Use:

The purpose of Vigilize is to respond to ISO’s complaints that users never read ISO’s “ongoing security awareness training reminders.”  Our tweets are designed to be copied into the subject line of your awareness reminder, with the language on these pages put into the body.  The goal is that the user will have to read the subject line to know to delete the message, and if they understand the subject line the reminder is communicated.  If not, they will go into the message and read the reminder.

Feel free to use Vigilize in your own Security Awareness Program.  Let us know if you have any ideas, suggested tweets, or ways to improve this FREE service.

Posted in Vigilize

Latest News
    Dan’s Semi-Retirement . . . Another one of those Dan’s New Leaf Posts, meant to inspire thought about IT Governance . . . . If you follow my blog, you may have already surmised that I am starting to get ready for retirement.  This is actually a result of a long process we have been […]
    PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BUSINESS NEWS Dateline: Lafayette, IN, December 5th, 2022 infotex, the Managed Security Service Provider, announces that Dan Hadaway, Founder and Managing Partner of the company for the last Twenty-two years, plans to semi-retire at the end of 2023. Prior to founding infotex in 2000 to serve community banks, Dan Hadaway […]
    A new study highlights the benefits of looking at your network from the other side… An article review. If you were trying to attack your organization’s network, how would you start?  That’s a question you may not have asked yourself, but experts say it’s something that can help you strengthen your security.  That’s according to […]
    Google Ads, Gitlab and OneDrive have been used to distribute the BATLOADER malware… An article review. We’ve always believed that “watch where you click” has always been good advice when it comes to security online, however Microsoft is tracking the spread of malware that has been using legitimate websites to help facilitate its spread, counting […]
    Another awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! Check out posters.infotex.com for the whole collection! Download the large versions here: Awareness Poster (Portrait) Awareness Poster (Landscape) You are welcome to print out and distribute this around your […]
    A new way of helping people “read” new guidance… Look for more in the future! To save you time, we are proud to present “Adam Reads” . . . recorded versions of our Guidance Summaries! Below you can find an embedded player for the audio file. If you are having issues with that working, you […]
    Thanks for being interested in our Technology Planning Webinars! The 2022 annual webinar update on technology planning includes a review of the previous years’ movies that are available, as well as alternative tactics that have arisen from recent conferences, forums, and industry experience. Feel free to invite your entire technology committee! Click the Button to […]
    Another awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! In the spirit of October and Halloween we have put together a gallery of our “spooky” Awareness Posters at halloween.infotex.com. Use them to help decorate for the holiday! Check […]
    Microsoft, Cisco and Uber are among the companies hit by this new threat… An article review.  As more organizations adopt multi-factor authentication to help safeguard their systems hackers have adapted, and several major corporations have been among those hit by this new style of attack.  This new technique, called MFA Fatigue or Push Spamming, involves […]
    A Webinar Movie This presentation is intended for those who are planning to participate in an infotex incident response test. Please let us know what questions you have, when we have our Plan Walkthrough and Test Plan Approval meeting!