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Strengthening Your Practice’s Passwords: The First Layer of Defense

Angela Spinks
Angela Spinks
Thu, 16 Nov 2023 19:37:22 +0000

With cybercrime growing more and more prevalent, we want to remind you to keep password hygiene in mind. This blog post discusses the first layer of defense from hackers: strong passwords. To learn about the best practices for maintaining, updating, and storing your practice's passwords, read on.

Strengthening Your Practice’s Passwords: The First Layer of Defense

Cybercrime is an ever-growing and ever-evolving threat that everyone faces. Every day, there are countless attacks on businesses, healthcare providers, and individuals worldwide, often leading to data loss and compromised data. Cyber Security Ventures estimates online crime will rise 5 percent annually over the next five years. Cyber Security Ventures also estimates that online crime will cost the world $10.5 trillion dollars annually by 2025. 

Cyber Security Awareness Month wrapped up at the end of October, and the ABELDent team wants to take this chance to remind you of the importance of keeping your practice safe from data security threats. It is crucial for you and your team to protect your practice data to prevent criminals from accessing your patient’s PHI (Protected Health Information). If your patient or practice data is compromised, patient information is subject to being sold for identity theft, held for ransom, and more. In this blog, we will discuss one crucial way you can protect your practice’s data – by strengthening your practice’s password security. 

Best Practices for Maintaining Secure Passwords in Your Practice 

Keeping up with online security best practices is the first layer of defense against security breaches. To ensure there are no cracks in your practice’s data security plan, ensure your whole team maintains good password hygiene

Password hygiene is just one crucial method of protecting your practice’s valuable data. Other factors that come into play in data protection have to do with your team knowing how to spot dangers and avoiding opening/clicking any dangerous attachments or links. In a 2021 report, phishing is the initial cause of around 22% of data breaches. Keeping your entire team up-to-date on security training helps prepare them to spot phishing attempts, suspicious emails, calls from social engineers, and other potentially dangerous activities. While maintaining good password hygiene is critical, having an educated team is also important, along with other factors that we have discussed in previous blog posts. 

To help you better protect your practice data, ABELDent is updating ABELDent’s password protection measures. To learn more information on ABELDent’s new password guidelines, read below. 

ABELDent Cloud and Local+ Password Requirements: 

This update began rolling out in November 2023 and will reach all ABELDent Cloud and Local+ users in early January 2024. After receiving the update, each user will have 30 days to reset their password with a strong password. Each time a user opens ABELDent, until the password is reset, the user will be reminded how many days are remaining. If the user has not reset their password after 30 days, they will be required to reset their password the next time they log in. 

ABELDent LS 14.8.2 Password Requirements: 

How to Update My ABELDent LS 14.8.2 Password?

An administrator can activate the strong password feature in ABELDent LS 14.8.2 by selecting Reset Password in each user’s profile in the ABELDent Authorization Manager. When Reset Password is selected for a user, the user will be required to select a password that meets the requirements above when they next log in. 

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