Solving the Mystery of Better Online Security on World Password Day

Do you know what’s standing between your personal information and the prying eyes of hackers and cybercriminals? That’s right, it’s your password!  Have you ever thought about the passwords you use for your online accounts? It might not be something you think about too often, but recent statistics have shown that passwords are a critical element in cybersecurity and sadly, they’re also one of the weakest links. Did you know that as much as 1.67% of Android malware are password Trojans? That’s a scary thought, right?

But that’s not all, hackers have been busy publishing stolen passwords on the dark web for years. In fact, they’ve managed to publish over 555 million stolen passwords since 2017 alone! And you know what’s even more alarming? Google reports that 27% of people have attempted to guess someone else’s password. And to make matters worse, 17% of them actually guessed it correctly!

You might already know AI can be used for both positive and negative purposes and cracking passwords is one of the ways AI can be misused. With the help of machine learning algorithms, AI can easily crack passwords that are weak and predictable, such as those containing only numbers or digits.

Weak or easily guessable passwords can have severe consequences. It’s staggering to know that around 80% of hacking incidents happen due to stolen and reused login credentials. Moreover, an alarming 81% of company data breaches are caused by poor passwords.  Therefore, it’s imperative that we improve our password security practices to ensure that such incidents can be prevented in the future.

Why are Passwords Important?

Passwords are like the gatekeepers to your digital life, protecting everything from your online banking details to your photos and messages, important documentation and the list goes on.

But passwords do much more than just keep your personal information secure. They also help verify your identity, ensuring that only you can access your accounts and systems. This is crucial for protecting yourself against fraud and maintaining your privacy online.

In fact, passwords are so important that they’re often required by regulations and industry standards, such as the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard. So the next time you’re creating a password, remember that you’re not just choosing a random set of characters – you’re safeguarding your digital life.

Identity Security Perspective:

From an Identity Security perspective, passwords play a crucial role in authentication, but they are not enough on their own. Passwords can be stolen, guessed or compromised through phishing attacks or malware. That’s why it’s essential to adopt a layered approach to authentication, including multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA requires users to provide additional forms of authentication, such as a fingerprint or facial recognition, making it much harder for attackers to access your account. Additionally, using password managers can help users generate strong, unique passwords for each account and store them securely, reducing the risk of reuse and compromise. SSO makes it easier for users to access multiple applications with a single set of credentials. SSO reduces password fatigue, enforces password policies, supports MFA and provides granular access control.

Stating the above, Identity Security is just not revolving around humans but around machines as well. And there is so much to learn and explore. 

Best Practices for Creating Strong Passwords

There are several best practices for creating strong passwords and improving Password Security
Here are some tips to help improve your password security:

  • Use strong, unique passwords for each account.
  • Enable Single Sign-On (SSO) & Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) whenever possible.
  • Use password managers to generate and securely store passwords.
  • Change your passwords regularly, especially for critical accounts.
  • Avoid using personal information, such as your name or birthdate, in your passwords.
  • Use a passphrase instead of a password, which is longer and more complex.

In conclusion, passwords are an essential component of your Identity security, but they are also a weak point that can be easily exploited by cybercriminals. On World Password Day, let’s take a moment to reflect on the importance of password security and take action to improve it.

Now, Let’s talk about how you can protect your Cloud, Identity and Data – And here’s where Technosprout comes in…

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