At accountingspreadsheets we take security very seriously. Although we are not certified we are Cyber essentials compliant. That means we follow the practises of the CE principles as outlined by the NCSC.
- All passwords must be at least 8 characters in length, include at least 1 capital letter and 1 number. Longer passwords and passphrases are strongly encouraged.
- One way to create secure passwords is to use 2 or more words combined with numbers and special characters (but not guessable based on family names or pets). For example Yellow_Trees31 is quite easy to remember but secured by capitals, numbers and special characters. This example is 14 characters long which makes it quite secure. Alternatively a phrase from a book or movie could be used but again, must include injected characters and numbers to secure it further.
- Where possible, password dictionaries should be utilized to prevent the use of common and easily cracked passwords.
- Passwords should be completely unique, and not used for any other system, application, or personal account.
- Passwords should not be shared with anyone (including coworkers and supervisors), and must not be revealed or sent electronically.
- Passwords shall not be written down or physically stored anywhere in the office. The more memorable it is for you the need to write it down will be removed.
Please don't panic though - if you do forget your password you can always reset it through your email address.