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Whether you’re signing up for a new video-streaming service, logging back into your email, or checking your online banking, passwords play a big part in our everyday lives. They help us buy what we want, stream our favorite entertainment, retrieve critical information, and most importantly, keep our personal information out of the wrong hands. But, in the modern digital world, our connected lifestyles make it so that we all have more online accounts than ever before, which means more passwords than ever. That, in turn, has created some mixed emotions towards these gatekeepers. So, to see just exactly how consumers think and feel about their passwords, and in honor of World Password Day, we conducted a survey amongst 3,000 people across Australia, France, Germany, U.K., and U.S, and discovered a few key takeaways that we’d like to share with you:
Storage Stays Old School
Consumers are living a connected lifestyle now more than ever, which means they’re downloading more apps, accessing more websites, and creating more accounts—all of which require a password. That also means consumers have to somehow keep track of more passwords.
So, with such a large amount to remember, how do people organize their passwords so that they can recall them when the time comes to log back into their account? As it turns out, our survey discovered that one of the most popular ways individuals keep track of passwords is by writing them down. Specifically, a total of 37% of respondents track the old-fashioned way, admitting to keeping a list with all of their passwords on paper, which they place somewhere they deem safe.
Another more traditional, and less secure, methodology behind storing passwords is simply reusing passwords across multiple accounts, with 34% of respondents in the U.S. admitting to doing this on a regular basis.
Luckily, using a password manager came in as the third most common storage method, with 20% claiming they do in fact use some type of management software. Password managers are the best of both worlds, since they allow us to quickly and easily access our information without having to sacrifice our personal security in the process. Plus, they make it so we don’t have jog our memory to recall one of our many passwords.
Remembering is Frustrating
In fact, it is the act of remembering that is creating a sense of frustration for consumers, causing them to turn to these old-school storage techniques. Just how much of a pain point is remembering all these passwords? Over a quarter (26%) of individuals would be willing to give up pampering (manicures, pedicures, massages, etc.) if they never had to remember a password again. And 10% of those surveyed claimed that they would be willing to give up their favorite food in exchange for not having to remember passwords.
Access is Still More Important Than Protection
People’s need to easily and quickly access their email, social media, whatever it may be, has made personal security a low priority amongst consumers. In fact, when creating passwords, less than half (46%) of respondents claim that their main concern is security strength. Sadly, 34% are most concerned with the ease of remembering their passwords, and shockingly, 59% of respondents are open to sharing their passwords with others. The most common passwords shared were for video streaming apps with just under a quarter (23%) claiming they are comfortable sharing their password to these services.
Clearly, password security needs to become more top of mind for consumers. That’s where we can help. Whether you’re creating a new account online, or trying to remember an old password into a site, keep these security tips in mind to ensure your account information, and therefore your personal data, doesn’t get into the wrong hands:
-Create strong passwords. Passwords are the keys to our digital lives, so make sure you create strong and unique passwords to keep unwanted people out. The more complex your password is, the more difficult it will be to crack. Not to mention, make sure to avoid common and easy to crack passwords like “12345” or “password.”
-Utilize multi-factor authentication (MFA). Having multiple factors to authenticate your accounts, like your fingerprint, face, or a trusted device, both improves security and makes accessing your online accounts easier. If you use a service that offers MFA, be sure to enable it. The more factors you can combine, the safer your accounts will be.
-Use a password manager. Take your security to another level with a password manager, like the True Key app. A password manager can help you create strong and secure passwords, remove the hassle of remembering numerous passwords and log you into your favorite websites automatically using multi-factor authentication.
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Is anything safe? It’s 2017, and the likely answer is NO.
Making sure your passwords are secure is one of the first line of defense – for your computer, email, and information – against hacking attempts, and Password Managers are the one recommended by many security experts to keep all your passwords secure in one place.
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Recent corporate breaches have taught us something important — the average enterprise user is spectacularly bad at choosing good passwords.
As modern enterprise is becoming a hybrid organization with infrastructure spread across on-premises data centers as well as in the cloud, security of information, applications, and assets has become a paramount concern.
Cyber security is no longer an
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Facebook is reportedly buying stolen passwords that hackers are selling on the underground black market in an effort to keep its users’ accounts safe.
On the one hand, we just came to know that Yahoo did not inform its users of the recently disclosed major 2014 hacking incident that exposed half a billion user accounts even after being aware of the hack in 2014.
On the other hand, Facebook
Opera has reset passwords of all users for one of its services after hackers were able to gain access to one of its Cloud servers this week.
Opera Software reported a security breach last night, which affects all users of the sync feature of its web browser.
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So, if you’ve been using Opera’s Cloud Sync service, which allows users to synchronize their browser data and settings
If you are a fan of Unreal Tournament from Epic Games or ever have participated in discussions on the online forums run by Epic Games, you possibly need to change your forum password as soon as possible.
It seems the Unreal Engine and its creators, Epic Games’ forums have recently been compromised by an unknown hacker or a group of hackers, who have stolen more than 800,000 forum accounts
It’s a good sign when businesses take the initiative to protect consumers’ online safety. Not only does it allow customers to feel secure using their services, but it also facilitates positive change. When one business takes an extra step to protect users, industry security standards are advanced. The envelope is pushed for other organizations, who in turn adopt better security practices themselves. It’s a win-win.
When Pandora, Facebook, Netflix, and others recently asked users to reset passwords, a ripple effect began. That’s because they did so even though their own accounts weren’t breached – signaling a more proactive approach to security. It may be a small step for each of these businesses, but it’s a giant leap for consumer safety.
In the case of Pandora, the story started when the music-streaming company discovered 117 million LinkedIn credentials leaked. They didn’t simply sit back and bask in the relief that it didn’t happen to them. Instead, they began to dig through the data dump to find exposed individuals who were also Pandora customers. Their reasoning was wise: people often use the same password across multiple services. Cybercriminals could simply enter those LinkedIn email and password combinations into Pandora. The quick-thinking security approach? Ask users to change their passwords.
Of course, Pandora isn’t the only company that’s forward-thinking with user safety. Facebook and Netflix also asked users to change passwords in light of recent data dumps from other services. Now, it’s clear companies have generally been more sensitive to cybersecurity concerns lately. Judging by all signs, this trend seems likely to continue. The wait-until-it-happens approach to user safety is, hopefully, nearing its end.
Everyone can enjoy this news. Businesses should be more proactive about user safety. In the case of data breaches, it’s great to hear companies are scanning leaked user details and cross-referencing them with their own databases. This proactivity is something to be praised among the security community. With time, tech companies can develop even more pre-emptive security protocols – keeping us increasingly safe in the future.
Of course, we can’t just rely on proactive companies to keep our accounts secure. There are security measures we, as individuals, can take as well, to stay protected.
- Use unique passwords, and change them regularly. Create distinct passwords for each account. It’s the best way to prevent criminals from using leaked data to crack into your other accounts. Have a hard time managing all of your unique logins? . Remember, password management solutions like Intel Security True Key can do wonders.
- Double check to see if update requests are authentic. Be careful when asked to provide sensitive information, or change passwords, from seemingly official sources. It’s a common cybercriminal tactic to send phishing emails to users, masquerading as a legitimate company. Try to spot out any misspellings in the URL and sender’s email address, to catch a phony alert.
- Keep an eye out for data breaches. Stay on top of security news. That way, you’ll know if there’s a possibility your data is in criminals’ hands. Some companies have proactive warning systems in place, but not all do. By having information on when leaks happen, you can take prompt action to protect potentially affected accounts.
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Popular code repository site GitHub is warning that a number of users’ accounts have been compromised by unknown hackers reusing email addresses and passwords obtained from other recent data breaches.
Yes, GitHub has become the latest target of a password reuse attack after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter.
According to a blog post published by Shawn Davenport, VP of Security at
Your family photos, your savings account, and maybe even your dating life are all hidden behind one thing: a password. A combination of letters and numbers protects your personal information from the hands of hackers.
Last Thursday, we filled your social media feeds with articles, videos and Tweets, hoping to raise password awareness on World #PasswordDay. This year, we focused on the importance of multi-factor authentication (MFA). Why stop with simply updating your password, when you can protect your data with another layer of security?
To make our point, we brought out the big dogs and teamed up with a hard hitter. If anyone can convince you to take some time to rethink your password strategy, it’s none other than the actress known for taking no punches, Betty White.
Did you catch her Password Pep Talk videos? Watch below to learn some valuable lessons, and have a nice chuckle too:
Our mobile phones are at the center of our lives (and usually in the palm of our hands). They may just seem like means for checking email on the go or to text a friend, but do us a favor and think of all the information stored on your phone. That’s a scary thought, when you consider hacking and even theft of mobile devices.
Stop worrying, and start preventing. Here are our top three password tips:
- Lock it down twice. Multi-factor authentication requires more than username and password for entry. To gain access, MFA demands something you know, like a password, and something only you can provide, like a fingerprint or face scan. This information is specific to you, so only you can access the things meant for your eyes only.
- Strong and long. Passwords should be at least 8 characters long. Longer passwords take longer to crack, it’s that simple. A strong password uses a combination of numbers, upper and lowercase letters, and symbols. Avoid birthdays, family names, and repeated characters. More tips.
- Change of the seasons, change of the password. Passwords should be changed every three to six months. Using the same password for a long period of time gives hackers a better chance to crack the code. Set a reminder on your calendar to get creative and update all of your accounts with a new, secure password.
We can’t prevent data invasions from happening, but we can take steps to make gaining access to private information more difficult. Adding in additional security layers, especially on your mobile device, could be the key to keeping your private life private. So with all of the information thrown your way this World #PasswordDay, did you add a second layer of protection? Now is the time!
Think you’re a password pro? Take our Security IQ Quiz and find out just how savvy you are!
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