Netflix has just done an update and wants you to re-enter your password… you go blank. It’s usually saved so you don’t have to remember it. You try a few that you think it might be before giving up and clicking the “forgot password” link.
The average computer user juggles an average of 6.5 passwords across 25 accounts that require password login, and they type an average of 8 passwords per day. It’s even worse for a business user.
According to Security Magazine, the average employee has to keep track of 191 passwords. It showed that people often underestimate the number of passwords they use and found new employees start with about 20 credentials in their passwords group and within three months, that number doubles.
61% of people use the same or similar password everywhere, and 81% of confirmed data breaches are due to passwords being hacked.
We tend to use the same or very similar password for everything because it’s easier to remember. But that means a hacker only has to crack one password to get into everything you need to login to.
And, whether it’s a personal or business hack, that single password protects things like:
- Saved credit cards on sites like Amazon and iTunes
- Personal or business bank accounts
- Social media accounts
- Customer contact details in CRM programs
- Accounting software with your financial data
- Cloud storage vaults with all types of sensitive information
At Clockwork Networks we’re in the business of data protection in addition to computer repair and services. As a Managed Service Provider for the Castle Rock, CO area we help people with any and all technology needs, including cybersecurity and good password management.
What are the 10 Most Common Passwords?
It’s amazing how people from different walks of life will gravitate to using the same unsecure passwords. Hackers know these by heart and they’re the first ones their password breaking algorithms test for.
According to Fortune magazine, here are the 10 most common passwords:
Do you see any of yours on the list? If so, don’t worry. We’ve got some simple and effective password management tips from our Data Protection Team at Clockwork Networks that can help.
Clockwork Network Tips for Great Password Management
From learning how to design hacking-resistant passwords to finding tools to manage them all securely, we’ve got tips that will simplify your online life and make it more secure.
Longer is Better (Use at least 10 characters)
The authors of Perfect Passwords recommend creating a password of at least 10 digits. They also say that length can be better than complexity, as long as you’re in the range of at least 12-15 characters long.
Combine Different Character Categories
While it may be easier to remember “redflowers”, add a “%2” to the end of that, and you’ve significantly increased the security of that password. The strongest passwords include a combination of letters (both uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and special characters.
Don’t Use the Same Password for All Accounts
This is hard habit for most people to break. An average person might have a rotating list of 1-5 different passwords they use for all their logins, but that makes it much easier for a hacker to get into all of your accounts once they’ve cracked it, rather than just one. Using unique passwords everywhere greatly minimizes your risk.
Limit How Often They’re Changed
This tip may seem counterintuitive, since it seems more secure for a company to have staff change all passwords every 30 days rather than every 90 days. But it’s actually a better data protection policy to have employees make more complex passwords and change them less often.
Forcing staff to change passwords every 30 days promotes being less vigilant with using a complex password since they’ll be changing it again so soon.
Use a Good Password Management Tool
It’s great to have all those longer, complex passwords for security, but how can you possibly remember them all? Many people save them in a browser, like Chrome, and while they have updated their security lately, you may want to use one of these tools given top ratings by PC Magazine instead.
- Sticky Password Premium
- Zoho Vault
- Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault
- Password Boss Premium v2.0
- LastPass Premium
Password managers not only keep all your passwords in a single easy-to-access place, they also help you create complex and secure passwords unique to every login you need.
Need Some Help with Data and Password Security?
Whether you’re looking for a Managed Service Provider in Castle Rock, need a fast computer repair, or need some help with training your employees on password security and management, we’re here to help. Call us anytime at 303-588-9019.