Don’t make it easy for hackers to steal your data! Protect your personal and business accounts with these password best practices.

When it comes to cyber security, the weakest link for any company isn’t the sophistication of its technology, it’s user error.

Not convinced? Just take a look at Keeper Security’s list of most common passwords of 2016. After analyzing 10 million passwords from data breaches last year, the company found that 17% of people use “123456” to protect their systems.

Weak passwords make it laughably easy for hackers to access your small business data, which can be a costly in terms of money and your business reputation. That’s why it’s important to follow password security best practices, and encourage employees to do the same.

Not sure how to best protect your passwords? Morey Haber, vice president of technology at BeyondTrust, shared these basic rules:

  • Never re-use the same password between work and home.
  • Never re-use the same password for financial institutions and social media.
  • Never re-use the same password for an administrator account at work as your standard logon.
  • Never tell anyone your password. If you need to share it, change it when the other person is done with using it.
  • Change your passwords frequently.