Kaspersky Lab uncovers bad password habits

Research shows people are making simple password mistakes that may have far-reaching consequences

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Kaspersky Lab uncovers bad password habits  The research revealed the three common password mistakes which are putting Internet users at risk.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 17, 2017

Passwords are the common cause for breaches, typically because password combinations are weak and easy to hack into. Research from Kaspersky Lab shows people are putting themselves at risk with bad password decisions.               

The research revealed the three common password mistakes which are putting Internet users at risk. The first is the same password is being used for multiple accounts, therefore if one account is hacked others can be too. The second is weak passwords that are easy to crack and the third is storing passwords insecurely.

Andrei Mochola, head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab, said: "Considering the amount of private and sensitive information that we store online today, people should be taking better care to protect themselves with effective password protection. This seems obvious, but many might not realise that they are falling into the trap of making simple password management mistakes. These mistakes, in turn, are effectively like leaving the front door open to emails, bank accounts, personal files and more."

Kaspersky Lab also highlighted that 18% of survey respondents have experienced an account hacking but few have effective passwords in place, as 1 in 10 use the same password for all their online accounts.

Only 47% use a combination of upper and lowercase letters in their passwords and 64% use a mixture of letters and numbers. Worryingly, the research highlighted 28% have shared a password with a family member, 11% have shared their password with friends, which all in all make it possible for passwords to be unintentionally leaked. Plus, 22% admitted to writing their passwords down on a notepad.

Mochola added, "People are still making simple mistakes when it comes to online passwords. The best passwords cannot be found in the dictionary. They are long, with upper and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation marks. However, with people having so many online accounts today, it's not easy to remember a secure password for everything. Using a password management solution can help people remember and generate strong passwords to minimise the risk of account hacking online."

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