Cybersecurity and Business Passwords
By Carolyn Schrader
Topic for small business staff meeting - Don’t reuse passwords
Business owners can show they care about their employees’ cyber safety outside of office hours as well as at work.
Consider sharing cyber safety examples during a staff meeting. October is National Cyber Security Awareness
Month and a good time to continue cyber safety conversations with your employees.
Topic for a staff meeting: Don’t reuse passwords
Amazon frequently checks for reused user name and password combinations posted online. They, and other online
companies, troll the net to locate potential repositories of stolen names with passwords. They want to reduce
exposure to their customers and their networks by eliminating where possible reused names and passwords on
their customers’ accounts.
Amazon recently sent out messages to a group of customers, telling them Amazon has reset their password and
asks the customers to create new passwords not used on other sites.
It is very easy for cyber criminals to locate user name and password combinations and then try those logins with
other online services. They can then make purchases in the name of the original name owner before the original
owner changes their login credentials.
What your employees can do
If your employee received a message from Amazon asking that the password be change, the employee
should do so as soon as possible.
If the employee sees unauthorized activity on his/her account, he/she should contact Amazon Help Center
All employees should review their online accounts to ensure they are not reusing passwords on any
accounts. If they are, they should change each password immediately so it is a unique password.
Employees should consider a password manager application. These applications operate with one master
password and then either retain a list of user defined passwords or can generate passwords for accounts.
Generally, when businesses engage their employees in cyber security awareness for their personal life, the good
cyber security behavior is applied to their work life as well.