When your password is stolen, it can cause so much trouble. Many people use the same passwords, others share them and even sell their password. Unfortunately, some of the ways we store them are questionable. Up to 56% of UK people would sell their work passwords. As scary as it seems, it is even more scary by how so many store their passwords, some are even questionable. If somebody gets your account passwords, it can potentially lead to financial gain. Don’t let yourself be vulnerable to criminals. Today, we will be going through some of the things not to do with your passwords. This will be part of our Cyber Security group, which will be a new section on the blog as part of our restructuring with our blog sections/ categories.
Trouble of Stolen Passwords
One reason why this is an issue is because it can take ages to reset all their passwords and make sure accounts are secure. If it is a password for something company related it can also cause issues like making more work for you and others around you. To put it simple, getting your password stolen is a pain.
The Passwords Don’ts
Sell Your Passwords
No matter what somebody offers you, don’t give into greed. While it is easy to change your password, giving it away is enough to put your accounts at risk. Genuinely if you happen to be temped to sell your work password, remember that you will be liable to the consequences. Up to 56% of people in the UK would sell their work passwords, showing how about this can be. Please do NOT do this.
Using Passwords, such as ‘password’
As silly as it sounds, some people still use easy to guess passwords. Whether it is easy to remember or not, don’t use this for account passwords, it is silly and makes it easy for anyone with your username/ email address to guess and gain access to your account. Don’t believe me? This post “The 25 Most Common Passwords of 2017 Include ‘Star Wars’” by Fortune may tell you how stupid people’s password choices are otherwise.
Easy to Find Passwords
Some people (dads especially) will sometimes keep passwords written somewhere. Under keyboards, sticky notes, on a non-password protected file, notepads and even written on a piece of paper. One piece of advice, use a password manager, they can be password protected and help you store your passwords. What’s better is that you can then create multiple passwords that can be stored in here at a secure level. It is especially recommended for those who tend to forget their passwords. We will be covering ways of remembering passwords in the future.
Same Password Multiplied
Alternatively, using the same password multiple times is something you should not do. While password managers help with remembering them, it is equally important to make sure each password is different. As mentioned before, using passwords can help resolve this. In laymen terms, using the same password puts all accounts at risk if someone knows it. Changing your passwords, especially on all your accounts can be time-consuming. Save time and use a different password for everything.
Keeping the Same Passwords
Another is keeping the same password for ages. Using the same one over a long period puts your accounts at risk. If you knowingly been involved in a data breach too, it will only make keeping the same password less useable. Fortunately, websites like haveibeenpwned can tell you if your password is compromised and is a handy tool for those wondering if they’ve been involved in a data breach from past to present.
Passwords Based on Interests
Most importantly, do not use passwords based on something you have a genuine interest in. When somebody knows enough about you, it can become incredibly harder to keep that password safe. Social engineering attackers will try and know as much as they can about you and will use this to make a guesstimate. For example you love ice cream, something like ‘iloveicecream’ is likely to be guessed. Passwords named after your workplace, car, pet, family member or something you like should be avoided as your passwords. You should also consider restricting your profiles so that attacks can’t use this information to guess your password.
Finally, sharing your password is something you should not do with passwords. Obviously, if you are testing passwords sharing is fine but when it comes to letting someone borrow your account or even to use in the company, its risky. By sharing passwords, it makes any related accounts insecure too. Please don’t share you passwords and try and create a separate account if you need multiple people to use the website/ system.
Hopefully after reading this post you have better knowledge of the Don’ts when it comes to your passwords. Although, this does not mean you are invincible to cyber crime. You need to stay vigilant online no matter the website. All websites contain risks to your own security and account data or passwords in this posts case. However, it can sometimes be down to company security flaws and other times your own ignorance online. If you have any tips on keeping passwords safe, why not share them below!
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