Stronger Passwords to Protect Your Practice [Infographic]

You take all the necessary steps to protect your client confidences: you are quick to object in depositions to questions that may violate privilege, you have separate locks on your client files in your office, and you have the best off-site storage facility for your closed files. Yet when it comes to securing your client’s data, and your firm’s financial information, online, you use the same password for all of your accounts: your spouse’s name, entirely in lower-case letters.

Passwords are an accepted part of our lives – they’re everywhere. They’re universal – universally used and universally loathed. Part of the problem is that passwords require making a decision between convenience and security. For the most part, when selecting our passwords, we choose convenience. I created the graphic below to show you two things: 1) how dangerous selecting convenience over security really is when choosing your passwords, and 2) some advice on how to come up with stronger passwords to protect your business and your clients:

Strong Passwords Infographic

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  • Ryan Maltzen

    This is a great article that spreads far beyond even the legal profession. Anyone with access to any secure data should read this and take it to heart. As an IT “professional” I often go on our internal networks and “hack” co-worker passwords using the above listed top 10 passwords and a few others on my list. If I ever get into an account (and I have) I’ll start sending them emails from their own account, or even lock out their account via changing their password. This usually ends up bringing them to me in a panic and I can use their panic to teach them the lessons necessary to help keep our internal network secure. Sometimes tough love is the best way to teach….and it’s far better than the alternative….which is me spending countless hours trying to find the avenue that the malicious attack came in from. I change my passwords every month or 2, and I don’t think that I’m being overly cautious. Great article!

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