When creating a password, one should keep in mind some pitfalls
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading global provider of cyber security solutions, draws attention to the most common mistakes that users make when creating and managing passwords and gives practical advice on how to protect private data. The reason for this is the World Password Day, which takes place every year on the first Thursday in May and is intended to remind you how important it is to have a secure password for all online accounts. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has revealed that 23 million people worldwide use the password “123456”, proving that many are still unaware of the increasing risks.
In 2022, the importance of a secure password cannot be overestimated, as the number of apps and services that individuals use is increasing day by day. Not to mention the fact that many companies now allow their employees to connect to the corporate network using personal devices to provide more flexibility. As a result, these devices act as a gateway, which means that opportunistic hackers can exploit a vulnerable endpoint to steal both personal and professional confidential data stored in the broader enterprise infrastructure.
Lothar Geuenich, Regional Director Central Europe/DACH at Check Point
“Every day, cybercriminals try to steal the passwords of hundreds of users by using techniques such as phishing emails to break into thousands of services and steal credentials. While the methods are constantly changing and the threats are evolving, there are still ways we can protect our data. By taking the World Password Day as an opportunity to check the strength of our passwords and strengthen our efforts in the field of cybersecurity, we can prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to our data and devices,” says Lothar Geuenich, Regional Director Central Europe/DACH at Check Point Software Technologies .
Five main practices that should be used when creating secure and reliable passwords:
- Use a combination of characters: it is a common practice to create a password from simple phrases or data that are significant for the user’s personal life. However, this habit significantly weakens a password, since information such as birthdays can be easily found out by cybercriminals. To avoid this, you should always use a random sequence of a combination of different numbers, letters and symbols for each platform.
- Different passwords: With so many apps and services to sign up for, it’s tempting to use a single password for everyone, which is unfortunately not a good idea. Just as we don’t have the same key for our house, office or car, we shouldn’t use the same password either, because that only makes it easier for hackers to break into our entire digital life. If you find it difficult to remember all the passwords, you can use a password manager that will help you manage and generate various robust access codes.
- The longer, the stronger: the longer a combination is, the more difficult it is to remember it. But it is one of the best ways to protect information. So use at least eight digits to increase security.
- Changing your password regularly: Changing your password regularly may seem like an almost impossible task. However, this is easier to do if you use the same basic pattern and expand it with different combinations. This way it will be easier to remember the password and change it regularly.
- Two-factor authentication: While the above measures certainly improve the effectiveness of a password, it is also important to implement two-factor authentication. New threats are constantly emerging. To ensure that you are fully protected, you need to be alerted every time an attacker or an unauthorized person wants to access your account to improve your security.