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Tip 9: Always use a secure password

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The risks

Passwords which are guessed, stolen or shared can lead to:

  • disclosure of personal (i.e. e-mails, photos, contacts, etc.) or confidential business information;
  • sabotage (i.e. deleting all personal photos, publishing fake information in your name, etc.).

Using the same password for several websites is dangerous: If one of these websites is hacked, hackers can gain access to all the other ones where the same password is used and steal information, money or confidential documents.

Sharing passwords even with people you trust is risky:

  • they can voluntarily or accidentally access your personal information (i.e. personal HR information in Engage);
  • you do not know how they will protect YOUR password from disclosure (i.e. writing YOUR password on a sticky note to remember it).

Useful tips

Keep your password PERSONAL and NEVER share it with anyone (except with your Givaudan Service Desk, on a request basis, and only if you are sure you are in contact with a genuine Givaudan Service Desk employee).

Follow this simple method to create STRONG passwords which you can remember:

  • Pick a sentence you will easily remember:
    I will go for Christmas holidays to the mountains!

     
  • Take the first letter of each word:
    I will go for Christmas holidays to the mountains!

     
  • Mix upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters:
    I will Go 4 christmas Holidays 2 The Mountains!

And your password would be: IwG4cH2TM!
 

Use a password vault application to store your passwords and help you having a different password per website [more information here].


Scary statistics

73% of people use the same password for online banking as well as for their e-mail and other logins. Out of that 73%, a large number use the same password for everything.

 

In 2013, three billion passwords were stolen from Yahoo, which allowed to compromise several other services.

63% of confirmed data breaches leverage a weak, default, or stolen password.

 

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