Online account hacking remains a top concern; Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Password Manager can generate and store passwords on PCs and Macs

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Online account hacking remains a top concern; Kaspersky Lab The security firm discovered that 63% of respondents are aware and concerned about account hacking.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  March 15, 2017

Kaspersky Lab has revealed UAE Internet users worry about the security of their online accounts compared to other online activity.

The security firm discovered that 63% of respondents are aware and concerned about account hacking, followed by password-stealing malware and risks to accounts with financial information are the next biggest worries.

The survey respondents were asked about the type of data that could be accessed by cybercriminals, and the users were most concerned about password theft, followed by stolen private photos and videos.

Despite this, failing to create strong passwords is still a problem as according to 36% of respondents, their accounts had been hacked by simply guessing the password.

Elena Kharchenko, head of Consumer Product Management, Kaspersky Lab, said: "User behaviour is understandable - nowadays most of us have dozens of different accounts: email, social networking, banking, gaming, messaging and much more. It's hard to create and memorise a strong password for each account.

"However, there are apps designed for such situations: they can generate strong passwords that are different for different services, store them securely, synchronise them on various devices and automatically enter them in forms on websites. The user needs to remember just one master password instead of dozens of different passwords. These apps secure your accounts and free up memory for other issues." 

Kaspersky Password Manager acts in this way as it offers users remote access to their passwords via their personal page on the My Kaspersky portal, automatic security verification for entered passwords and voice control.

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