More often than not the biggest threat to cybersecurity is ourselves.
Humans are extremely predictable, and in no other aspect of life is that showcased better than in our password safety habits. The importance of keeping your data secure behind reliable passwords is becoming increasingly important as most of the world transitions to remote work in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began the FBI has reported a 300% increase in reported cybercrime.
These cybercriminals know that everyone is at home without the protection of VDI’s or VPN’s. This is why it is more important than ever to make sure you aren’t making some of the most common password safety mistakes. According to google 65% of users reuse passwords across multiple applications. This means that if hackers get your password for one account they potentially have access to all of your important applications.
Even when companies have mandatory password changes every 90 days almost half of employees only change or add one digit. In the long run this doesn’t change anything and only makes it easier for hackers to steal your passwords. What’s even worse is that most people know that these mistakes can leave them open to attack but at the end of the day they refuse to fix it.
Additional password safety statistics:
- Someone has created a software that can guess 350 billion passwords per second. This is why it is important to have a unique hard to guess password.
- It takes on average about 10 minutes to crack a lowercase, six digit password.
- 73% of people think forgetting passwords is the most frustrating aspect of cybersecurity. It is no wonder people desire to use easy to remember, personal passwords that can make them targets.
- 29% of breaches are caused by stolen passwords or logins.
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