Everyone knows it’s a good idea to use strong, unique passwords, and as employees around the world have been forced to work remotely, logging in from multiple devices and multiple locations, the need for strong password security has only grown. But last year’s Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) revealed that weak or compromised credentials still cause 80% of hacking-related breaches. Throughout the current pandemic, attackers have been scouring remote workforce applications to gather and sell user credentials on the dark web, even targeting healthcare organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization.
For those who use the same passwords for both their work and personal accounts, this is the time to get serious about password security, and switching to a password manager is a great way to do just that. A recent Fast Company article noted that “most people still don’t use a password manager, which leads many to select the weakest password they can get away with under whatever rules an organization or site sets,” creating clear opportunities for cybercriminals.
Fortunately, password managers are inexpensive and are becoming an increasingly common and easy-to-use tool, with both businesses and individuals enjoying significant benefits from their use.
Read all the details and tips in the article by Carolyn Crandall, Chief Deception Officer and CMO, Attivo Networks at HackerNoon.