How not to use passwords

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Passwords have always been with us – in 200 BC the Romans used them every day  to organize and manage the army.

As they evolved into the digital age, passwords were often used for different purposes. However, when used improperly, they may not fulfill their purpose.

Recently, Kaspersky Lab has analyzed how users protect their online accounts. It turned out that almost a third of respondents have two or three similar passwords that are used for all accounts. Moreover, one in seven respondents uses one password for all of their accounts.

Aside from the question of how many passwords you have, there is also a problem with their quality – which is what they consist of. Passwords of one in ten respondents are shorter than eight characters, and 12% of respondents do not use capital letters, numbers and / or special characters to increase security effectiveness. And you need to know that such combinations do not do their job well.

Scary, isn’t it? But there is something else! Few people remember their passwords – more than half of people admitted that they write them down on a piece of paper, on a phone or in text files on a computer. About a third of users save them in their browser to use the quick login feature.

Remember: if you use one password for all your accounts, criminals only have to hack the main one, and then they can access the rest without any problems.

The worst thing the study found was a lack of security awareness. A quarter of respondents believe it is safe because it does not store important files on their devices. Unfortunately, fraudsters hunt not only for important corporate data or government information: each user’s passwords and logins are interesting targets in themselves. Depending on their skills, they will find a way to use stolen credentials: for example, they will hack your bank account or use your Facebook account to proliferate viruses and spam.

„Remember: if you use one password for all your accounts, criminals only have to hack the main one, and then they can access the rest without any problems.”

If this does not convince you, understand that a weak password is also a threat to your friends, relatives, colleagues, business partners, etc. Take note of our tips:

  • The myth that creating and remembering a complicated password is difficult is just a myth. There are several methods that can help you create and remember several unique passwords at once.
  • Pay special attention to your main email account, as this is where email notifications will be sent if you want to restore access to other accounts. So it’s best to secure this account with 2-Step Verification .
  • Do not keep your passwords on paper, hard disk or other device. Such methods are not safe. Try to remember them.

Kaspersky Password Manager creates strong combinations, remembers them, and automatically inserts them wherever you want to log in. It is worth mentioning that the program works on all popular platforms – Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.