Passwords are the gatekeeper to most of our digital lives and while they may seem like an antiquated way of authenticating who we are, good password basics are a key part of protecting us from damaging identity, data and financial theft. Did you know that 54% of people use 5 or fewer passwords across their entire on-line life? Or that on average, 6 unique passwords are used to guard 24 on-line accounts?
With so many potential victims, cybercriminals follow a simple premise: Go after the low-hanging fruit!
Good passwords may not 100% protect you from hackers (there’s other ways they can trick you into volunteering information), but it adds a high enough level of complexity that they usually move to the next easiest victim.