Disaster Recovery Part 5: Passwords

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery Part 5: Passwords

In 2010, when I opened Compass Commercial, it was initially just two people. Since it was big and only my son and I lived there, we both worked out of my house, and since no one else was around, we were very lax about our passwords. In 2012, we hired several more people and moved into our first office. It was an exciting time for me. Unfortunately, we kept our bad habit of writing passwords down and leaving them on our desks. Our server was constantly being attacked, which was a costly issue for us. When we moved out of the building a few years later and started using a password program designed for business, we magically had no more issues with our server being broken into.


The password program has one master password that my husband and sister both have. They also have the combination for the safe in my office. All staff must use the password program and are not allowed to write down any passwords.  The program allows me to look up their passwords if they lose access. Or, if someone leaves, I can remove all of their passwords in less than 15 minutes.


In your letter and disaster recovery booklet, include the password plan you use and your master password. Otherwise, you may lose access to important information.

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About the Author

Lynn Drake’s status is well known in the industry: She’s the commercial realtor focused on maintaining “true north” for her corporate clients. It’s a reputation built on 35 years of commercial real estate experience. Lynn became a commercial realtor in 2001 after 15 years in corporate real estate. Thus far in her career, Lynn has successfully completed over 1,500 real estate transactions ranging from small business tenant leases to the sale and purchase of industrial complexes.