On the occasion of World Password Day, which this year is celebrated on May 2, 2019, ESET advises users to consider the consequences that may have on their security an inappropriate password. As the frequency of breaches and theft of personal data is constantly increasing, users are called, more than ever, to be very familiar with the creation of many and strong passwords.
This process can be tedious, but the consequences of using very simple passwords or the same password to access multiple accounts can pose a serious security risk.
Even today, a large percentage of users do not understand the importance of creating a secure password. According to recent data from the National Cyber Security Center in the United Kingdom, more than 23,2 million hacked accounts used the password "123456", while 7,7 million users used the code "123456789". Of course, dual or multiple factor authentication (2FA / MFA) technologies are now significantly enhancing protection, however, the need for unique and strong passwords continues to be a priority for account security.
World Password Day: According to ESET, the first step in creating secure passwords is for users to avoid using just one word, especially English, and to prefer to use a phrase or phrase that is not easy to imagine. , or normally would not appear next to each other in a sentence. As avoiding words in the dictionary will increase the strength of the code, it is a good idea for users to use words that they have invented themselves.
It is also important for users to remember that passwords are personal, non-disclosed and that each account requires a unique password. For users who have difficulty remembering a complex password, ESET recommends using a trusted password manager. In general, the main rule is that the larger the password, the more secure it is. Special characters can also be used, which if inserted at different points, mixed with normal characters, and not just at the end, the code becomes stronger.
Using personal data as a password is also a common practice that can compromise security, as in this case, the passwords may look like a username. In addition, if a cybercriminal has managed to steal the user's personal information (either from Facebook or otherwise), it will be even easier for him to guess the password. To that end, ESET advises users to change their passwords regularly, keeping in mind that the more important the data being protected, the more often they need to change passwords.
Finally, ESET instructs users to follow the instructions in the article "How to spot if your password was stolen in a security breach"Or check the"Have I Been PwnedTo find out if their passwords have been compromised, and to change them if necessary.