It is celebrated today on World Password Day
The annual anniversary through which computer researchers aim to raise public awareness of the importance of passwords to educate people on how to choose an effective keyword. LastPass as always has published an interesting report in which it provides interesting data.
It turned out that 44% of users rely on what is universally recognized as the most difficult practice: use the same password on all services, which leads to high risk since it exposes all accounts to cyber attacks. But that’s not all, because 53% of people have not changed their password in the past year even after being notified of a possible cyber-attack or violation.
“123456” still appears in the ranking of the most used passwords, which is still used by many people, and in fact has been the most stolen on the web for several years.
Furthermore, only 7.4% of people use a password manager, which at least theoretically could push users to use more complex and different passwords for each service as it favours storage.
Expert advice is the usual: change passwords often, never use the same for multiple services and rely on alphanumeric codes with upper and lower case letters, as well as symbols.
Hackers have also recently used Coronavirus to carry out phishing attacks and to steal credentials.