New Year. New Passwords or Same Passwords?
New Year. New Passwords or Same Passwords?

2022 is rapidly approaching and with a new year comes new resolutions. While for some this may mean going to the gym more regularly or reading more novels everyone should make a commitment to security in the year 2022. Practical cybersecurity for the everyday individual doesn’t have to be hard and can implemented easily and effectively.

Roughly 50% of individuals use the same passwords across multiple applications.

A large percentage of individuals reuse the the same passwords when signing up for a new website or application. This is incredibly dangerous in the event that your password is stolen. If a cyber criminal has your password to one account it may be more than likely that they have access to all of your accounts. As passwords become easier and easier to crack having only one protecting your data isn’t an option.

57% of people who have been scammed never changed their passwords after the fact.

One of the biggest hurdles in securing your data is apathy. While most people recognize that security is important they often don’t feel the effort required is worth it. This notion is false as the cost of a cyber incident can prove disastrous for individuals and companies in particular. Personal security can be easy to implement and prove fruitful for anyone looking to protect their data. Advanced cybersecurity in your business can be overwhelming which is where CIT can help. Through managed services and 24×7 monitoring CIT can address your security and IT needs.

The Top 5 most commonly used passwords include:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. 12345
  4. qwerty
  5. password

Not only are these passwords ineffective, but are extremely easy for cyber criminals to discern. Each one of these passwords are used by millions of individuals and take less than 1 second to crack. It is important to craft passwords that are unique and contain no personal information. Passwords that use a family member or pet’s name are incredibly easy to crack as that kind of personal information is easily found on social media.

Multi-factor authentication blocks 99.9% of all attacks. (Microsoft, 2020)

In the year 2022 make a commitment to personal cyber security. Learn how to create unique and complex passwords that can secure al of your accounts. Let’s not forget, multi-factor authentication (MFA), too! Passwords are often your first line of defense against cyber criminals seeking to steal your data, make sure that your are secured in the new year!

Protect your organization’s data with Security Awareness Training. CIT is here to help train your humans and help secure your data against security incidents. Don’t let your humans be a weak link in 2022.

CorpInfoTech (Corporate Information Technologies) provides small to mid-market organizations with expert I.T. services including compliance assessment, cybersecurity penetration tests, and comprehensive business continuity planning services. Corporate Information Technologies can help organizations, quantify, create, refine, and mitigate the risks presented by business threatening disasters in whatever form they may be disguised.

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