This year’s Heartbleed security scare highlighted the importance of creating strong, unique passwords across the Internet. But too many of us are guilty of using codes like “abc123” to secure private information.
Man’s best friend does a terrific job of protecting your home. But when it comes to protecting your online accounts, your beloved pet is literally the worst choice possible.
Recently, Google conducted a study of 2,000 people to learn more about their methods for choosing account passwords. The research revealed a worrying fact: Most people choose passwords based on readily available information. This means a surprising number of accounts can be hacked using a few simple, educated guesses.
So, what are the most common passwords?
Whether you’re attending RSA or just curious about what the experts are saying, here are six tips for protecting your mobile identity (and privacy) in 2013:
Internet security problems stem from criminal hackers or cause-motivated “hacktivists” that use crimeware, phishing and other techniques to steal online identities, money or confidential information. Hackers target individuals and businesses; research firm Gartner Inc. estimates that online criminals have stolen $3 billion from businesses. One major weakness in Internet security these hackers exploit is the use of passwords to prove your online identity. If someone steals your passwords they can log into your accounts.