03 May 2017 | By Jish
Topics: Improving Password Habits on World Password Day
When was the last time you changed your online banking password? One month ago or three months back, or even much before that? Are your passwords strong enough for a hacker to not to make a guess?
Passwords hold the keys to our digital life. We use them very often to unlock our mobile phones, access bank accounts and private records, do online shopping, check e-mails, social media, medical records and more. We may have many passwords that we make it simple and common for all the major accounts so that we remember them easily. NO, it is wrong!
Passwords may be easy to remember, sometimes funny, but common or bad passwords will put you at risk. The problem is that simple and common passwords are easy for cyber criminals to guess. Below given a list of such common and bad passwords, please check. This year’s World Password Day falls on May 4th which comes to reminds us of the importance of these little crypto-keys and the role they play in making sure we keep hold on the important things in our lives. Identity theft is everywhere, and your passwords are the first digital line of defence.
Please make sure your passwords doesn’t fall among these. The list is taken from the records of online security app firm Splash Data’s Top 25 "Worst Passwords”
The passwords such as 'starwars', 'princess' and 'solo' inspired by the 2015's biggest film release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are also found to be among the common vulnerable passwords.
The “World Password Day” is not just a day of celebration, but reaching out to maximum people to promote better password habits. In this era of frequent online security threats and hacks on sensitive personal data, security experts recommend password management systems to stay safe in the cyberspace.
Whether out of convenience, forgetfulness or laziness, most internet users aren’t good at picking secure and unique passwords. The researchers estimate that 90% of user-generated passwords are vulnerable to hacking. Even the “secured” passwords provide minimum protection in a world where massive password leaks are common.
Encryption can make a big difference that even a relatively simple encryption algorithm would take years for hackers to unencrypt using a basic computer.
While many companies fail to encrypt their users’ sensitive data, they can do a better job by securing their accounts with the help of multi-factor authentication (MFA). This will add a protective layer to the users’ passwords. Check how you are benefited through the use of MFA.
MFA provides the user’s login with additional identification factors, such as a face recognition, fingerprint or a one-time code delivered via text message. If a cybercriminal gets hold of a user’s login information, in MFA enabled accounts the hacker will have to go the extra mile of entering a pin number. Here the advantage is the hacker not only able to guess the pin but cannot gain access to the user account.
One of the simplest ways to access someone's online account is to guess a password. A hacking software tends to try the most common codes first. When a code is guessed, in an attempt to access other details, the hackers also tend to try other online services the victim may use, such as banking.
On this “World Password Day”, what you must do is, make your passwords stronger, coming up with nonsense phrases you can remember, adding spaces, changing letters to numbers and the like to create something no hacker will ever be able to guess.
So are you ready to secure your digital life? Go ahead!Previous Next