Password security was briefly mentioned in class Tuesday so when I came upon an article about it, I couldn’t think of anything else better to write about.
According to newly published survey results more than 60% of users recycle passwords; using the same password for multiple logins. I found this data to no surprise because I find myself using the same password for multiple logins out of laziness. Remembering or storing an unique password in a secure place can be a chore. LastPass isn’t a bad option when looking for a password ‘storage locker’. Its a browser ad-on for most modern browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and IE). For mac users, 1Password is my preferred application.
A more disturbing survey found nearly 42% of Australians that were surveyed shared their password with a friend, family member, or colleague. Its basic computer knowledge that you don’t share passwords. Yet, people do for whatever reason.
Password security is important and its not that difficult to keep passwords secure. Don’t share them with anybody, change them often, and use ‘good’ secure passwords. A good rule of thumb is to not include dictionary words in passwords. Also including numbers and symbols for additional security.
How often do you guys change your passwords? Do you find yourselves using the same password for multiple logins? And what makes a good password from a bad password?