Password Security: A Growing Epidemic

Password security goes hand in hand with one of the biggest concerns for people today is their privacy. It’s not just about the privacy at home with curtains on the windows and locks on doors, but privacy with technology. So much of our lives are in a digital world that we need to invest in digital locks. 

No matter where you go, someone will attempt to break into your private information and steal your data. This invasion of privacy isn’t something any of us want to deal with. In the digital world, our passwords serve as locks. 

Except that we don’t always lock these doors effectively. It’s in that vulnerability that will allow a hacker to take our information and use it as they please. CyberSecurity Ventures claims that by 2020 it is estimated we will be using 300 billion passwords! That is a lot of locks to secure.

The corruption to your password can feel like a violation personally. Someone has snuck in under your nose and rummaged through your systems to find what they need. It’s theft, and it’s something that you NEED to protect yourself against. The one and only thing that you need to do to help combat these hackers. To stop them from taking what isn’t theirs you need to concentrate on your password security.

Increasing Need For Password Security

Password security isn’t just about how many passwords you put onto each of your devices and data stores. It also matters how often you are changing them, and how complex they are. 

A study by Varonis found that 65% of all businesses have over 500 users that never get asked to update their passwords. This can lead to a massive security breach – even when you do have complex passwords in place. 

Along with this, there have been reports in the UK that over 20 million victim accounts worldwide used 123456 as a password. This may seem like a simple password that “no one would guess” but it’s clearly not as simple as people think. To create a secure password, think about the advice from the NCSC, which says that using three random words strung together as a password is a better idea than being overly simple. DuckCabinSpoon is far harder to guess than 123456, right?

These things have taught us that passwords have to be as complicated as possible so that they cannot be easily guessed. 

You probably know all the password security rules:

  • Uppercase and lowercase letters required
  • Minimum of 8 characters
  • Use special characters
  • Do not use your name/date of birth/easily guessed information

These rules are great if you’re setting up a password, but they’re not easy to follow.  In fact, a survey conducted by OneLogin, up to 93% of companies have reported setting password rules in place. But, fewer than a quarter of those companies ask for regular password changes. It makes you wonder why they bother enforcing the rules if they won’t implement the changes.

People resist complex passwords because it is difficult to remember passwords across different devices and websites. So, some people think writing them down is the best idea. If this is you, there is something that you need to know:

Writing down your passwords? Possibly the worst decision that you could make for your password security! 

Undermining your password security by using the same passwords across every device that you own and then writing them down is going to leave you vulnerable.

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