Surprisingly Low Number Of People Aware Of Internet Security Risks of Poor Password Selection

March 12, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – According to a survey done on Internet users, only 19% use different passwords for different sites.

While the number is an increase from the 8% that were a part of the same survey three years ago, the number is still alarmingly low, and shows that many people don’t realize the risks of using the same password for every account, from social networking sites, to shopping sites.

But it isn’t just about using the same passwords for all Internet activity. It is also about using easy to guess words that offer little or no security.

“It’s easy to understand why computer users pick dictionary words as they’re much easier to remember,” Sophos senior security expert, Graham Cluley, said.

“A good trick is to pick a sentence and just use the first letter of every word to make up your password. To make it even stronger, you can replace words like ‘for’ for the number 4, and this should give you peace of mind that your password won’t be guessed.”


Comments

2 Responses to “Surprisingly Low Number Of People Aware Of Internet Security Risks of Poor Password Selection”

  1. Graham Cluley, Sophos on March 13th, 2009 3:07 am

    Thanks for writing about this important security issue Olivia.

    We’ve had a number of people asking how they are supposed to remember lots of different passwords – even if they do follow your advice above about how to produce a harder-to-guess password.

    So, as well as releasing the research, we also produced a short and non-salesy (!) video explaining what people should do to create a hard-to-crack password, and how you could remember passwords on many websites.

    You are welcome to embed the video on your own website if you like

    http://vimeo.com/3546084

    Hope that helps,
    Graham

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