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How to Protect Your “P@ssw0rd”

According to recent reports “password,” “iloveyou” and “123456” are still some of the most commonly used passwords. In an era where most of our interactions take place online, it’s time to consider setting up stronger and more efficient passwords. There is no doubt that almost every aspect of our online lives requires a password, whether you are doing online banking, connecting to social media, checking your email or even registering to certain websites. Like most people you probably use the same “soundproof” password that you’ve been using for years.

It is this mind-set that leads to an increased risk profile. With 2014 fast becoming “the year of the breach,” people need to take necessary precautions to avoid falling victim to hacking or cyber-crime.

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Consumers prioritising convenience over security, says Gartner

Gartner has just released a report looking at the online password management habits of PC users and have concluded that when it comes to online passwords, convenience overwhelmingly trumps security.

From the release of the report:

“Two-thirds of U.S. consumers surveyed use the same one or two passwords for all Web sites they access that require authentication,” said Gregg Kreizman, research director at Gartner. “Most U.S consumers want to continue managing their passwords the same ways they do now. They don’t favor using software or hardware to help manage passwords, and user-centric identity frameworks such as OpenID and information card architectures face scarce consumer demand.”

Read the rest of Gartner’s release here.