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Study: users still do not make passwords that are sufficiently secure

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Considering the amount of private and confidential information we tend to store on the internet, users should be more careful about security and effective passwords. This seems self-explanatory, but many people, it seems, do not understand how easy it is to make password-management mistakes,» – says Kaspersky Lab consumer commercial manager Andrey Mohola.

He explains that such mistakes are basically the same as leaving the door open for strangers to access e-mail, bank accounts, personal files and whatnot.

Kasperky Lab has performed a study that has helped uncover the most common password use mistakes:

1.Using the same password for multiple accounts;

2.Using simple passwords;

3.Leaving passwords open for other people to see.

It is concluded in the study that 18% of users have experienced account hacking attempts. Only some of them use effective and secure passwords. For example, 30% of internet users come up with different passwords for their online accounts. One-tenth of respondents admitted using one and the same password for multiple different accounts.

Users often do not come up with passwords that are complicated enough to ensure a good level of security. Only 47% of users come up with password combinations that include capital and lower case letter. Only 64% of respondents use letter and number combinations. This is in spite of the fact that users believe their internet banking account (51%), e-mail (39%) and online shopping accounts require complex passwords.

The study also shows that users are also rather irresponsible with their passwords – often people disclose them to other or use unsafe methods for remembering them. 28% of respondents admitted revealing passwords to relatives and 11% admitted revealing passwords to friends, increasing the risk of password leak. 22% also admitted writing down passwords in a notebook to remember them. This is not secure, as it does not matter how complicated the password is if it can potentially be seen by a third party.

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