Password quality and strength is critical for businesses to protect sensitive or private information. While many organizations have made progress in their password requirements and policies, hackers continue to gain access to restricted data and accounts due to weak passwords.
Consider the following statistic: according to password management service SplashData, approximately three percent of internet users in North America and Western Europe used the password “123456” in 2018, which was based on five million hacked passwords found for sale on the dark web. This means that 25 million of the 750 million internet users in those regions who use “123456” as their password are at risk for criminal actions against their related accounts1. Stolen or compromised login credentials could provide hackers and other cybercriminals with unauthorized access to sensitive information, which can greatly compromise an organization’s network and valuable data.
What can end users do to create stronger passwords, as well as protect themselves and their organization from cybersecurity threats?
To improve security for your accounts and data, consider these best practices for end users:
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An organization’s IT administration also can engage in some password best practices:
Committing to a strong policy for passwords can strengthen the security of your organization and its end users and protect both from cybercriminal activity.
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