The problem with passwords (infographic)


It might take extra time to remember and create different passwords, but if you’ve ever suffered from the results of having poor passwords or the same passwords, you will know that it is well worth the extra effort.

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

secure-passwordsMore than half of us say we can’t remember all our passwords. Which makes sense, given that almost a third of all companies require their employees to remember six or more of them.

Cloud identity management company Ping Identity says that between those six or more corporate passwords and all the personal passwords we maintain, the average person has to remember 15 passwords. That’s probably a recipe for disaster, given the total information onslaught we face every day, which is why the majority of us — 61 percent — reuse passwords from site to site.

That’s what security companies call “password negligence,” and the results are costly.

Too many passwords and not enough memory contributes to 39 percent of all malicious hacking attacks, which can cost large enterprises $5.5 million each.

One solution, of course, is corporations requiring users to change their passwords every 30 to 60 days. That’s more…

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