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Friday, June 05, 2020

Are you part of 83% of users who might have their accounts compromised?

05/31/2020 06:29:26 PM

Are people aware of their accounts may have been compromised? Well, we can't be so sure as Kasperky recently reported that more than 8 of 10 people thinking up their own passwords, half of the people say they are unaware of how to check if any of their credentials have already been leaked. The said results highlight the need for storing passwords more securely.

In its press release, the global cybersecurity firm describes passwords as the most common method of authentication, but they only work if they are hard to crack and confidential. And with an increasing number of applications requiring them, it can be hard to come up with new ideas for complex passwords and keep them all in your mind –especially when users may be required to change their passwords regularly.

In addition to this challenge of creativity for users, it’s becoming more vital to store passwords securely and look out for possible instances when these credentials could be leaked.

Kaspersky's latest report states that 55% of users claim they remember all of their passwords – which can be difficult if security requirements such as password complexity and uniqueness are to be satisfied. One in five (19%) keep them written in a file or document stored on their computer, while 18% use the browsers on their computers, smartphones, or tablets to store their passwords.

However, there are some ways to check if your password has been leaked. For instance, services such as Have I Been Pwned? maintain a database where users can check if their passwords have been included in public leaks or data breaches without visiting the sketchier parts of the web.

To ensure the safety of personal data, Kaspersky recommends its users to do the following steps:
  • Minimize the number of people you share account login information with and never leave passwords where others might find them – be it on paper or on a device. Keeping them on sticky notes or a pad might be tempting, but it will also be just as easy for others to access things you don’t want them to
  • Try using Kaspersky Secure Password Check. The service allows you to check how strong your password is, and how long it will take to crack it
  • Use strong and robust passwords generated by a reliable security solution like Kaspersky Password Manager. This will produce secure, unique passwords for each account every time and help you resist the temptation to re-use the same password more than once
  • Find out if any passwords used to access online accounts have been compromised. The Account Check feature within Kaspersky Security Cloud allows users to check their accounts for potential data leaks. If one is detected, the solution provides information about the categories of data that may be publicly accessible so that the individual affected can take the appropriate action
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