In the recent period we have witnessed many data breaches, where some of the biggest companies (e.g. Yahoo, Equifax) were compromised. However, what is strange is that even though massive hacker attacks are happening now more than ever, some people (especially younger generations) still have a ‘it won’t happen to me attitude’. This is why they don’t take the necessary steps to protecting themselves such as changing their online passwords regularly. This is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself online and yet it is very efficient and can help you when you are not expecting.
30% of adults use the same online passwords for multiple accounts
A recent survey showed that 30% of adults use their same password for most of their online accounts. It also showed that young people between 18 – 35 are the ones who are the most reckless and careless when it comes to their passwords, which came as a surprise for many. Young people spend most of their time online and most of them are educated about technology and cyber security, so it shocking that they don’t take their online protection more seriously.
Sharing passwords became a sign of “trust”
What is even more surprising is that young generations today share their passwords with their loved ones. Very often, boyfriends and girlfriends show their devotion to each other by exchanging passwords or even using an identical password for their accounts. This way they have a complete access to each other’s private emails, messages, photos etc.
Many high school couples believe this is sweet and some of them demand it believing it is a sign of trust in the relationship. If one of the partners refuses to share, he/she is often accused of hiding something. However, what the younger generations don’t understand is that sharing passwords never ends well. There are many cases which show how one of the partners after breakup stars sending threatening messages or shares private photos of their ex to the whole school etc.
Younger generations use simple passwords
Another survey showed that contrary to what we have believed so far, younger people are those who set up horrifically easy passwords, whereas senior population uses very difficult ones. Regarding sex differences, women are those who use more complex passwords compared to men. The complexity of passwords according to different age groups:
– from 13 to 35: very low
– from 35 to 45 years old: very complicated
– from 35 to 44 and over: highly complicated
How often should I change my password?
You might read that changing your online passwords often is recommended, however, new studies show that changing your online passwords more than twice a year is not a good idea. What is certain, though is that you should definitely have a different password for every account. Why? Because if somebody figures out your password, they can get access to all of your accounts and all of your private information. Also, some hackers continue accessing your account, instead of doing it just once. This way, they can continue stealing your private data.
Here is another thing to keep in mind when changing your passwords. People tend to use slight variations of the previous passwords, or reuse them for different account, which makes them vulnerable. When you decide to change your password, think of something completely different from the previous one and make sure no to change them too often.
Stay safe with Zemana 🙂