So why aren’t we being smarter when it comes to our passwords? The list below by Splashdata shows the worst passwords we can be using for our accounts with “123456” coming out on top this was used by 23.2 million users worldwide last year. By using passwords such as the ones listed below the risk of your accounts becoming comprised is greatly increased. These will be the go to passwords which cyber criminals will check first to try and gain access to your accounts.
So why as a society aren’t we doing more to protect ourselves from these types of threats occurring. A report by NCSC found that people’s most regular concern is money being stolen with 42% feeling it is likely to happen to them by 2021. The report also highlights that many of the basic practices which we can do ourselves to help eliminate the threat of our accounts being comprised aren’t being followed.
The report also highlights that people are more aware than ever of the dangers of cyber crime with 70% believing they will likely be a victim of at least one specific type of cybercrime over the next two years, and most feel there would be a big personal impact” So why aren’t we following the basic principles to try and prevent this?
All the tips above are all things you can do personally to ensure you are protecting yourself from the threat of cyber criminals. But probably the best way to protect your account is through Two-Factor Authentication this adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts and makes them much harder to hack. There are several ways this can be done.
Fingerprint ID – With fingerprint scanning available on most smartphones and many laptops, adding a fingerprint ID requirement to your logins is powerfully convenient protection.
Single-Use Code (Sent to phone, or delivered via app) – These single use codes are either sent to your phone or generated by an app on your phone — which generally — only you have access to.
USB Token- The key is in your pocket. Add a USB Key to your logins to get powerful, high-end protection. Services and apps like Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and more all support USB keys.
World Password Day might not be as exciting as the upcoming bank holiday, but it is perhaps just as important. It provides us all with a reminder of the importance of choosing secure passwords, and of keeping ourselves safe online. So, use the 2nd May to take a moment to review your cyber security measures. Trust us, in the long run it will pay off.
www.pulse.ng/ | www.cyberaware.gov.uk/passwords | www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself/passwords/|UK Cyber Survey Key findings (Ipsos 2019)