SafeBee Survey: Password Use Gets a Failing Grade
Are you making these common password mistakes?
In today’s world of data hacks and identify theft, we all need to be smarter about cybersecurity. And according to a new SafeBee survey, many of us need to step up our game when it comes to the passwords that are intended to protect us.
Perhaps scarier, the majority of respondents — 77 percent — use the same passwords for different accounts. So if a hacker manages to learn the password to your email account, he can get into your bank account and maybe the site you use to file your taxes, too.
Even more alarming, most respondents stores their passwords in just about the worst place possible: on their computers. Of course this means if your computer is stolen, the thief has access to everything. Another password storage no-no is writing down your passwords and keeping the list where others can find it.
One solution to the password nightmare, especially if you're using long, unguessable passwords (if you're not, you should be), is to use a password manager to generate and manage them. There are many passwords managers to choose from, some of which are free. Most of us aren't using one.
Even if we don't treat our passwords like pies cooling on the windowsill for anyone to snatch, hackers can get to consumers via phishing scams and other means. But when it comes to improving your cybersecurity, keeping your pies to yourself is a good way to start.