(NewsReady.com) – Cyber attacks are a common occurrence in the digital age. There are a lot of ways people can try to prevent themselves from becoming a victim, but one of the most common is to use strong passwords. Unfortunately, reports reveal people are still leaving themselves open to attack by using weak combinations.
According to the NordPass Most Common Passwords report, too many people are using passcodes that are easy to guess, including “123456”, “password,” and similar phrases. MailOnline spoke to ESET cyber security expert Jake Moore, who said people still don’t understand how vulnerable their data is when they use weak passwords. He said Americans should be using password managers to set different combinations for each site and automatically enter them without the user’s manual input.
Security expert Roger Grimes made similar comments on Twitter.
My password policy recommendations in graphical summary form pic.twitter.com/piB8utq1Nu
— Roger A. Grimes (@rogeragrimes) November 17, 2021
The latest report mirrors a similar report by Google in 2019. That study found 59% of people use their birthdate, 43% have shared their passwords with others, and 45% said they only change theirs after a breach.
Here are a couple of tips to create a strong password;
- Avoid personal information
- Use a combination of lowercase and capital letters, numbers and symbols
- Don’t write them down
- Avoid real words
- Don’t use the same password twice
Most importantly, make sure you are regularly changing them. The longer you keep a password in use, the higher the chance it’s at risk.
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