Bosses in Scotland are being warned not to use consumer password managers in their business, as it may leave them vulnerable to cyber criminals.
Password managers generate long random passwords for each application, remember the passwords and even autofill login boxes.
They’re an essential business tool – but only if the right type is used.
“This seems like a small thing, but actually it’s the difference between fully protecting your business or leaving it wide open,” explained local technology expert Alex Currens, of Acu IT Solutions.
“Most employees embrace password managers as it makes their lives easier. This is the best kind of security! But Scotland’s business owners must pick the right one.”
Alex recommends bosses choose a business password manager that:
• Has strict rules for the strength of passwords used
• Allows single sign-on, where you only login once to access several applications
• Supports multi-factor authentication, where you use a separate device to prove its you
• Let’s you remove an employee’s access to all systems with the push of a button if they leave
“We’ve talked to several local businesses recently who’ve let their staff use the password manager of their choice” added Alex.
“Multiple different password managers have been used. That’s a really bad decision, as it’s impossible to make sure the business is meeting the best possible security standards.
“And with cyber-attacks at an all-time high, local business leaders can’t afford to take any risks.”
Acu IT Solutions was formed in 2005 and specialises in supporting local businesses throughout Scotland.