The most common mistakes you make when inventing a password

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A study of Web Hosting Professional of this year collected that 90% of Internet users fear that their passwords will be hacked, however, 51% of people say they use the same passwords for their personal and work accounts. Francisco Valencia, general director of Secure&IT, believes for 20BITS that this tendency of users to supposedly protect their accounts is a mistake.

“There are people who have the same password on the supermarket page to make purchases on the Internet, at the bank, on the game page, on social networks… and that is what is worrying”, points out the professional in cyber security.

“It’s not just a problem that someone guesses that password on a Facebook account, but the cybercriminal will try the same key in other social networks and, therefore, it will get the credentials of other sites -exemplifies the expert-. It is enough for the cybercriminal to associate that password with you and try it everywhere.”

Instead, if a user uses different passwords for their different accounts, Valencia explains that “the attack is limited to the site where it was stolen”. In this way, if the cybercriminal obtains someone’s Facebook credentials, as Valencia said, he will not be able to access other social networks or web pages in which the victim is subscribed.

Although this measure is what he considers “most urgent” for users to take into account, Valencia points out that it also it is advisable to “change it from time to time so that if someone steals it, they no longer have access to an account.

In addition, there are 23 million account holders who continue to use ‘123456’ as their password. These keys are not secure and, as many social networks currently recommend, Passwords containing uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols should be used.

Valencia reminds that there are Applications password management for both mobile and computer that cost between 2 and 3 euros per year, but are safe. These apps “invent passwords and then remember them in browsers.”

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