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Don’t invite hackers to your Property Management business with a basic password
Cybercrime is rising to epidemic proportions with an increase in sophistication, and a shift in aim. Hackers now hack to disrupt businesses, to steal data for resale, extortion and damage brands; it’s a growing business.
Reduce cybercrime in holiday lettings businesses through passwords
The growth of cybercrime has meant that Credit Card companies work together with the PCI Data Security Standard to put barriers to Credit Card data theft in place, and they have created a set of 12 actions. Within the holiday lettings property management industry, we have to adopt and provide measures to protect the safety of customers that trade across the network.
Avantio has a strong commitment to software security, and is constantly striving for ways to improve the security within the online holiday rental management software. Our aim is to provide the best holiday lettings management software to protect your customers from data theft and hacking.
One important yet often overlooked area of security is with passwords. Like in other industries, in many property management companies, staff use generic passwords to access computers, and software passwords are either unchanged from the manufacture issue standard, or are altered to easy to break codes, such as ‘password’ and not reviewed.
The list of top 25 passwords for 2016 is cringingly dire, and comparing passwords year on year show that actually, we are learning nothing. Qwerty, 1234 and passw0rd are not passwords, they are invitations for hackers to take a stroll round our software. So what are the golden rules for passwords?
Change regularly, and change immediately after any attempted hack.
- Have different passwords for different software
- Don’t use your name, or your dogs.
- Combine upper and lower case and numbers
- Add a symbol @ # !
- Make an unusual sentence S1m@nwalksonthem0@n
- Use a password manager to generate and store passwords like ‘Lastpass’ or ‘Roboform’
- Use a two-factor authentication process with codes texted to you in your Password Manager. This option is going to become increasingly popular, with the growing number of mobile based devices in property rental companies.
For fun we tried out some passwords in the website howsecureismypassword.net to see how easy it is to find a good password.
Good passwords are not just good housekeeping, but they also form part of the PCI process to ensure that your holiday property rental company is protected from the scourge of hackers, keen to steal your data, your customers data, and destroy your reputation. Take some time to look and improve your passwords, and don’t invite hackers to your holiday lettings company.
Avantio Holiday Rental Software
Stay updated on the latest Avantio Holiday Rental Software upgrades and emerging technology trends for professional holiday rental agencies.
Launch of ‘Harmony’ task automation by Avantio
Avantio has launched the first phase of our flexible business automation tools. Whilst the science is complex, the aim is simple; to save our clients up to 70% of the time they spend on business tasks through adapting our vacation rental management system to their needs and working methods.
Avantio’s holiday lettings software platform integrates with First Atlantic Commerce (FAC) gateway
First Atlantic Commerce (FAC), a global online payment solutions provider, and Avantio, an international vacation rental booking platform, announced their technical integration to enable real time online credit card processing for property manager businesses.
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The Avantio Providers’ Intranet
A new feature called ‘the providers' intranet’ is available from the Avantio vacation rental management system (VRMS). This mobile-friendly management tool will be invaluable for any professional agencies who use external providers or internal employees to undertake services.
Vacation rental statistics in the Avantio Dashboard
The newest software development from Avantio, the Dashboard, is now available on the Avantio vacation rental management system (VRMS). This dashboard will give vacation rental agencies important information at a glance, to aid crucial business decisions.
5 changes in vacation rental from 2016
Read our perspective following the International VRMA (Vacation Rental Managers Association) Conference, which Avantio takes part in every October, of which Avantio has been a member for over two years.
Avantio Owners Intranet improvements
Avantio Owners intranet can help reduce the complicated procedures of running a vacation rental business. These procedures involve many interested parties, from cleaners, to owners to accountants to guests.
Avantio channel managers’ international currency converter
In an increasingly international trading environment, some international vacation rental agencies and managers find themselves unable to promote their property portfolio on international portals. Our currency converter resolves this.