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Press Release -- May 6th, 2019
Source: AT&T

When should I change my password? And other Tech Tips for Small Businesses

When should I change my password? And other Tech Tips for Small Businesses

By Anne Chow, President National Business, AT&T Business

When you’re a small business owner, success is often measured by growth. This could mean growth from expanding your product offerings, growth achieved from a big customer win or growth delivered through impact to your local community.

Currently there are more than 30 million small businesses working towards that and more. And on an increasing basis, small business owners are looking towards technology as a key enabler to their growth.

As we celebrate Small Business Week, let’s take another look at several latest technologies and insights – cybersecurity, 5G, networking, and even free device delivery – available to help SMBs grow, while allowing them to be more efficient and effective.

Cybersecurity – the latest password recommendations:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides Digital Identity Guidelines that are quite detailed around password management best practices. The 79-page document can be downloaded free! If you don’t have the time to read the full document, here are the highlights:

Make passwords long and easy to remember but hard to guess
(Surprise!) Don’t require password expiry to force users to change their passwords every X days.
Many of us were taught that frequent password changes were an excellent security policy. To validate this, we asked the Spiceworks community about their password changing habits. Spiceworks is a community of IT professionals, many of whom are from small and medium businesses, so this perspective should prove valuable to small business owners.

Passwords – when do you change them?

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