Common sense tells us we should select strong passwords, but as we know it — common sense is seldom common practice. Therefore, today’s hackers are able to relatively easily hack into users’ accounts.
The first line of defense is to have a strong password on key accounts that is preferably further boosted with multi-factor authentication. We won’t go into details about the latter in this article, but we will highlight…
A few risky password habits you should know about
If you find yourself doing things like these, it’s time to rethink your password habits:
45% of people haven’t changed their passwords in the last year
What’s more, most people don’t change their password even after hearing about a breach — when the affected service notifies them to do so. The best line of defense here is to change your password from time to time — and especially after the breach — and NOT to share passwords with family and friends. Also, use a password management app.
68% of people are afraid of forgetting their login credentials
Or as we like to put it, 68% of people don’t use password management services that save passwords for them, while also providing additional tools such as secure password sharing, strong password generation and so on.
92% of passwords contain information that is accessible to everyone
In order to make a secure password, you should make it unguessable. A strong password should have at least 8 characters (or even 16) and include a mix of capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
85% of breaches involve a human element
That human element includes phishing, stolen credentials, and human error. Turning on multi-factor authentication (MFA) could help a lot as even if someone gets ahold of your password, he/she won’t be able to do much with it. Also, carefully read messages and emails before clicking on anything.
83% of people have no idea whether their information is on the dark web
Here too password management apps could help, with some of them including dark web monitoring. Said feature will immediately alert users if their account has been involved in a breach.
You must use a password manager
Password managers work much better than what your web browser has to offer. For one thing, they will work across devices and platforms, while also offering a few additional features such as the mentioned dark web monitoring, strong password generator, and more. If you still don’t use a password manager, now’s the time to change that. And the same goes for a VPN – make sure to get one today.