Posted on October 6, 2017 by Admin
A recent survey by Wakefield Research provides an eye-popping glimpse into how Americans have gotten sluggish with their passwords. An unsettling 81% agree they use the same passwords for more than one account. However, those surveyed are savvy users who know the dangers of reusing passwords; yet they still do it. And for millennials the news is worse. An incredible 92% admit they use the same password for many accounts over many sites. This disturbing trend isn’t unique to Americans and likely applies to a great many cyber savvy users worldwide.
The US Computer Ready Emergency Team (US-CERT) offers a reminder into the harsh reality of password hacking. According to its website, “Often, an attack is not specifically about your account but about using the access to your information to launch a larger attack. And while having someone gain access to your personal email might not seem like more than an inconvenience or embarrassment, think of the implications of an attacker gaining access to your Social Security number or your medical records.” It’s great food for thought.
US-CERT posts these password safety guidelines on its site:
The Wakefield Research survey also finds 69% of Americans are concerned with online info theft. That’s more than twice the worry, 31%, of their wallet being stolen. Either way it’s gained, stolen information presents an enormous epidemic worldwide. Hackers and old-school thieves know its value and without hesitation use it for personal gain or sell it to the highest bidder. Cyber savvy user or not, smart passwords guard the front gate of safer cyber security.