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Two-Thirds Of People Use No More Than Two Passwords For All Their Online Accounts.

Each year on the first Thursday in May, World Password Day promotes better password habits. Passwords are critical gatekeepers to our digital identities, allowing us to access online shopping, dating, banking, social media, private work, and life communications.

  • In a cyber world, secure passwords are important. Other than keeping your information offline, long, unique and complex passwords protect your valuable information best.
  • Another tactic is changing your passwords every few months or any time you think your accounts have been compromised.
  • turn on two-factor authentication for your important accounts
  • password protect your wireless router
  • don’t store passwords on your computer or phone
  • log off when you’re done with a program
  • periodically remove temporary internet files
  • Security researcher Mark Burnett first encouraged people to have a “password day,” where they update important passwords in his 2005 book Perfect Passwords.
  • Business Insider did research to determine just how vulnerable accounts were, and discovered that 10,000 of the most common passwords allow access to 98% of all accounts. In other words, most people are using the same passwords – and many for years at a time.
  • Passwords are easily hacked because most humans follow similar patterns.  At the beginning of the Web and when passwords were first used, the most popular password was ‘12345’. Today, it may be longer, but is hardly safer – ‘123456’.
  • Additionally, research has found that women are famous for using personal names in their passwords, and men opt for their hobbies.
  • 59% of people use the same password everywhere.
  • 62% of people use the same password for work and personal accounts.
  • 7 in 10 people no longer trust passwords to protect their online accounts.
  • 86% of people who use 2FA feel their accounts are more secure
  • 18% of employees share their passwords with others
  • At one time, Facebook had a master password that would work for any account. The password spelled out ‘Chuck Norris,’ more or less, but with upper and lower case, symbols and numbers.
  • For 20 years, the passwords for US nuclear missiles was 00000000.
  • In 1999, hackers revealed a security flaw in Hotmail which permitted anybody to log into a Hotmail account using the password ‘eh’. At the time, it was called “the most widespread security incident in the history of the Internet.”
  • hese five user passwords accounted for 3.2 million of the 130 million accounts that were stolen in the Adobe hack of 2013: “123456,” “12345678,” “Password,” “Adobe123” and “12345678.” source
  • An analysis of 11 million stolen passwords for cloud services conducted by Skyhigh Networks found that just 20 passwords constitute 10.3% of all passwords in use.
  • About 40% of organizations store privileged and administrative passwords in a Word document or spreadsheet.
  • Two-thirds of people use no more than two passwords for all their online accounts. Source
  • The top 10 most-used password list has barely changed in the last five years.
  • Thirty percent of phishing emails get opened. Source
  •  An eight-character password using a combination of upper- and lower-case characters has 53 trillion billion potential combinations. – Source


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