World Day Passwords 1 in 6 use a pet name
On World Password Day, which is celebrated on the first Thursday in May, Amer Owaida, a member of the ESET international community, reminds us that the wrong password affects the lives of people around the world.
Indicates that in the UK 15% of Britons use their pet's name as a password to. Protect their online accounts. According to relevant research of the National Cyber Security Center of the United Kingdom (NCSC), an alarmingly large number of Britons are vulnerable to attacks by cybercriminals.
According to the survey, 14% of Britons use the names of their family members in passwords. Another 13% use a date that is important to them, with 6% using their team name. Also, 6% admitted that they use the word "password" for a password or as part of a password.
In all these cases, the cybercriminals could easily break into their accounts.
According to Amer Owaida, a member of the community of the international cyber security company ESET, misplaced password choices are not limited to the UK, but affect the lives of people around the world. Many such examples can be found in the latest annual list of the most frequently used passwords published by NordPass - password management company (password manager).
Also in the survey, the NCSC urges citizens to avoid another common mistake we make when choosing passwords: using the same password over and over again. Instead, we should use a unique and strong password or phrase for each of our accounts specifically for the important accounts, and whenever possible, enhance them with an additional level of protection - multi-factor authentication.
If we still do not want to remember all the passwords we have, we should consider using a password manager.
Finally, another interesting fact revealed by the research is that people are creating more and more online accounts, with 27% of respondents saying that they have at least four new accounts compared to the same period last year. In fact, 6% said they have added more than 10 new accounts in the last 12 months.