Kaspersky provides tips to enhance password security

Passwords serve as the foundation of our digital lives, but they also serve as the gateway for cybercriminals to hack into sensitive personal information. 

Considering their essential function, passwords remain a prime target for increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal attacks. Therefore, taking proactive measures to safeguard accounts and personal information is imperative. 

To mark World Password Day on May 2, Kaspersky experts provided essential tips to enhance password security, ensuring that users data stays out of the hands of attackers. 

Weak and simple passwords have always been an attractive target for scammers as cracking them gives criminals access to multiple types of data – personal data, financial information, medical records, etc. 

Kaspersky telemetry indicates more than 32 million attempts to attack users with password stealers took place in 2023, followed by over 40 million incursions in 2022. These alarming statistics highlight the growing need for users to create strong, unique and varied passwords for different accounts.

To enhance password security, Kaspersky experts recommend following steps and practices:

The ‘association method’

The association approach involves creating a password from a sequence of words or ideas that have personal significance but are not easily guessable by others. A password can be based on a favorite quote, a memorable song lyric, or a unique combination of objects.

Are regular passwords too boring? How about emoji?

If using the same password everywhere becomes too much and you lack the imagination to make up something new, emoji-passwords could be a non-standard and safe option. Since they are a part of the Unicode standard, it is potentially possible to use them as passwords. 

The most obvious option is not the safest one

Using common passwords or default values such as “1234”, “password” or “admin” could make personal data and accounts vulnerable to scammers, since they use automated tools to guess the correct combinations. It may take several seconds to find the right answer and gain access to personal data. A strong and complicated password includes a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols, while avoiding personal information such as names or birthdays 

Old, but gold: one account – one password

This practice ensures that if one account is compromised, others remain secure. By creating a unique password for each account, you minimize the damage a hacker can do if they manage to steal one. This approach isolates security breaches and helps protect sensitive data.

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