Infographic: Poor Password Hygiene is Letting Cybercriminals Clean Up!
In the era of technology, login passwords are heavily integrated into our lives. We use passwords for social media, work, school, shopping, government records, and more. On top of that, we often have multiple accounts and passwords for each of those categories. That’s a lot of personal information available for cybercriminals to access!
When you practice poor password hygiene, you create a messy trail for cybercriminals to track and follow. In the moment, engaging in poor password hygiene can feel convenient. It’s easy to remember your birthday and dog’s name and even easier to use that password for multiple accounts. However, this practice can create serious trouble in the long run.
Using an easy password for multiple accounts can lead to risky situations where cybercriminals can access a variety of your personal information. Imagine that a cybercriminal hacks into your Netflix account, which turns out to have the same password as your tax returns account. Now, your credit card information and government identity are compromised. On top of that, there’s also a risk that your information gets shared with other unwanted individuals. Yikes, what a mess!
While the majority of customers understand this danger, they still continue to practice poor password hygiene. In fact, data breaches are occurring more frequently, but users are still not taking action toward better password hygiene. This neglect not only puts individual customers at risk, but data breaches can also ruin a business’s reputation and brand.
Of course, it’s everyone’s responsibility to use strong passwords. However, businesses can increase security measures by improving the login process. This can be done through solutions like multi-factor authentication and passwordless login. Together, we can protect ourselves against cybercriminals accessing our valuable information.
Look through the infographic below to understand the statistics behind poor passwords and what both users and businesses can do to improve password hygiene.