Data breaches and identity theft are on the rise, and the cause is often compromised passwords. After stealing credentials, cybercriminals can use passwords to start disinformation campaigns against companies, use people’s payment information for purchases, and spy on users through WiFi-connected security cameras.
How To Create Secure Passwords
The best practices for creating secure passwords are:
A password should be 16 characters or more.
A password should include a combination of letters, numbers, and characters.
A password shouldn’t be shared with any other account.
A password shouldn’t include any of the user’s personal information like their address or phone number. It’s also best not to include any information that can be accessed on social media like kid’s or pet’s names.
A password shouldn’t contain any consecutive letters or numbers.
A password shouldn’t be the word “password” or the same letter or number repeated.
Why Is Password Security Important?
Not having secure passwords has its consequences, which include but are not limited to:
After gaining access to a user’s credentials, many hackers will log into their accounts to steal more of their personally identifiable information (PII) like their names, addresses and bank account information. They will use this information either to steal money from the user directly or to steal their identity. Identity theft can result in further financial losses or difficulty getting loans or employment.