Estimates indicate that up to 100 passwords are stolen per second and 83 percent of users reuse passwords on one or more sites. Unfortunately, this reuse is likely to cross the personal/work border. Anytime another major internet service mishandles users credentials, there is a good change one of those passwords is used on your domain. To make it worse, 34 percent use pets names as passwords and 33 percent use simple stings of numbers (think 12345).
What is an administrator to do to keep the domain safe?A strong password is the first barrier a malicious party must overcome in order to gain access to an account. Therefore, enforcing a robust password strategy helps to keep your organization’s data safe.With G Suite the answer is easy, checkmark two boxes.
What it is: A setting in the admin panel that stops users from using simple, easy to crack, or previously used passwords. It forces users to use passwords that use letters, numbers and symbols. Minimum password length is set to 8 if a larger number is not already required. Previously used passwords for the account will not be accepted when a user creates a new password.
Benefits: Because one compromised account can cascade into a set of compromised accounts and services, preventing users from using old and easy to guess passwords prevents hackers from getting into G Suite and finding passwords that were improperly shared over Gmail, Hangouts, and Drive files.
How to use: Each of these settings can be found in the Admin console under Security > Password management. Those familiar with the admin panel will notice that with the change the password length (minimum and maximum) settings from the Basic Settings card to this new Password management card.
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