To protect homes against robbers people lock doors with keys. To defend their data against hackers they create passwords.
But how reliable are these letters-and-numbers combinations?
It depends on user creativity, the desire to protect information stored on digital devices and… adversaries’ ready wit.
You might be surprised:
As the curtain fell of 2017, SplashData Inc. published the list of the worst passwords 2017.
The research was conducted on the basis of 5000 password breaches taking place this year.
It should be noted that 21% of the worst passwords contained names only, while 14% – sequent numbers or years.
Besides, the passwords consisted of animals, swear-words and sequent letters (as they are on the keyboard) were also listed as the least reliable.
In the USA over 171 million breaches were recorded in 2017 (it is 79% more than in 2016), and 1120 of them were accomplished.
But what can an average netizen do to protect his/her data?
There are several tips that may help:
Create unique passwords that contain numbers, punctuation marks, capital and lower-case letters.
Follow the rule: 1 password = 1 account! It is too impudent to use one password for all apps, email and what not. Use different combinations.
Do not forget about special apps that create singular passwords and store them. You will not have to bear in mind them.
Take advantage of VPN services to protect your data in case of hacking attacks.
VPNs are the most reliable tools!
Virtual Private Networks serve to protect all your online traffic as well as data stored on the device that you use to surf the Internet.
With a trustworthy VPN you will not become another victim of cyber criminals.