A Study has found that millions of people in Britain are using their pet’s names as their password, weakening their security and making their accounts easy pray for cybercriminals.
According to The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) 15% of the population used pets’ names, 14% use a family member’s name, and 13% pick a notable date.
NCSC communications director Nicola Hudson warned: “We may be a nation of animal lovers, but using your pet’s name as a password could make you an easy target for callous cyber-criminals.”
Using your pet’s name as your password reduces the strength of your protection against cybercriminals, especially if you have posted about your pets online on any of your social medias. You can find out more about how your digital footprint can affect your cybersecurity here!
This complacency of password strength is exacerbated by the practice of using the same password across multiple social medias. If a single one of your passwords ends up on one of the databases that cybercriminals use, then your security can be compromised across all of your accounts.
Further advice given by the NCSC includes the following:
- Use a strong and separate password for your email. If a hacker gets into your email, they could reset your other account passwords and access information you have saved about yourself or your business. Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords.
- Create strong passwords using three random words – when you use different passwords for your important accounts, it can be hard to remember them all.
- Do not use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). You can include numbers and symbols if you need to. For example, “RedPantsTree4!”
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