Although passwords are the most direct way to access a user’s private information, most passwords in use today are not considered strong or complex enough—and even if they are, they aren’t updated often enough.
Different sites, apps, and programs have different requirements for what your password needs to have—minimum character length, capitalization, numbers, and symbols being the most common.
The idea here being the more complex a password is, the harder it is for a hacker to crack it. This can be difficult to maintain—but it’s vitally important that you manage it…
Passwords protect email accounts, banking information, private documents, administrator rights, and more—and yet, users continue to make critical errors when choosing, protecting, and managing their passwords.
Password Security Is Notoriously Weak
Outdated and repeated passwords are one of the easiest ways for cybercriminals to penetrate your systems and steal your data. Are your old passwords putting you at risk?
57% of people who have already been scammed in phishing attacks still haven’t changed their passwords
71% of accounts are protected by passwords used on multiple websites
The password “123456” is still used by 23 million account holders
The Top 4 Password Mistakes You Can Make
Are you confident in your business’ security? Find out for sure by reviewing these common password mistakes:
Length and Complexity
Remember that the easier it is for you to remember a password, the easier it’ll be for a hacker to figure it out. That’s why short and simple passwords are so common—users worry about forgetting them, making them too easy to remember, which presents an easy target for hackers.
Numbers, Case, and Symbols
Another factor in the password’s complexity is whether or not it incorporates numbers, cases, and symbols. While it may be easier to remember a password that’s all lowercase letters, it’s important to mix in numbers, capitals, and symbols to increase the complexity.
Many users assume that information specific to them will be more secure—thinking, for example, that your birthday is one of 365 possible options in a calendar year, not to mention your birth year itself. The same methodology applies to your pet’s name, your mother’s maiden name, etc.
However, given the ubiquity of social media, it’s not difficult for hackers to research a target through Facebook, LinkedIn, and other sites to determine when they were born, information about their family, personal interests, etc.
Pattern and Sequences
Like the other common mistakes, many people use patterns as passwords to remember them better. Still, that makes the password easy to guess. “abc123”, or the first row of letters on the keyboard, “qwerty”, etc., are extremely easy for hackers to guess.
Ready To Put Your Passwords To The Test?
It’s one thing to skim over a list of common password mistakes and assumes you’re probably still OK.
Sure, maybe that one password is based on your pet’s name, or maybe that other password doesn’t have any capitals or numbers—what’s the big deal?
If you’re so confident, then why not put it to the test?