Filed under: Authentication Security, Authentication Trends, Data Security, General Information, IT Security, password security, PortalGuard, Security Attacks
One of the pains in an employee’s daily routines is the idea of password management. Especially being able to easily understand what the IT Security Staff means by using a “strong” password. In a recent CNN.com article they stressed the importance of implementing “super passwords” suggesting that passwords should all be a minimum of 12 characters in length. If these types of standards are going to become the norm, due to the varying types of attacks being performed, than the usability of passwords for the user will decrease.
By implementing a simple Password Strength Meter, your employees can easily have visual feedback as to whether or not they are following password policies and avoiding weak passwords. This will also make password strengths easy to enforce for varying levels of required data protection.
With the Password Strength Meter provided by PortalGuard the user has a real time response to their choice of characters for their new password. With each character that is typed in the meter will show the user whether their password is becoming weaker or stronger. The administrators can implement this on every login page or only on those protecting critical data. The idea is that Password Strength Meters are going to aid the user in implementing stronger passwords while maintaining usability.