Passwords: the unknown entities
According to a recent study Germans are quite knowledgeable when it comes to surfing online securely. Sounds good, right? But there is a drawback: The same study also shows that there is a huge gap between knowing what’s good and actually doing something with that know-how.
A quick look at the study shows that 87,6% of the questioned people already have heard of a password manager. That sounds like a lot. Sadly only 22.6% of them also use one. The rest of the examples seem to suffer from the same issue: everyone has heard of it, yet no one uses it. Encrypted emails fare best, with a meager 31.4% of active users.
But let’s be honest here: What does encrypting your mail help if all of your accounts use the same email address and password – the same one that was also used for MyHeritage, Adidas or any of the many other companies whose databases got breached in the past?
Why use a password manager?
There is a reason why so many people only use one password: It’s incredibly easy and the chances for forgetting it are basically nil. The same is true for them using “awesome” words like Password 123, their last name, or the birthday of their first child. But while “because it’s easy” might have worked 10 years ago, there is absolutely no excuse to be this careless today; after all there is a whole range of apps out there that does nothing else but store passwords for different accounts. Take a look at the top 3 reasons to use a password manager like the Avira one below:
1) Each account gets a password of its own: This is the moment where you should start googling for the next best password manager. This is especially true if you own a lot of different accounts. Sure, it takes some time to set up and create a new and safe password for each of them, but it’s totally worth it.
2) Each created password is automatically secure: There is no need to come up with complicated passwords or horrible mnemonics anymore. Stupid passwords like love123, mom, and password will also be a thing of the past. Normally a good app will create passwords that deliver on all accounts: length, special characters, letters, numbers, and upper and lower-case.
3) Your passwords are with you, always: Depending on your password manager it will work with most operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Smartphones. This means that you can take it with you wherever you go. Sounds way better than those sticky notes staring at you from your screen, right?
More security for everyone
The 22.6% need to disappear. That’s a number that should be way higher. There is no use if people have heard from password managers but are too afraid of technology to ever use one. That’s your moment to shine: become a pioneer for online security! Share the password manager you’re using with your friends and family. Explain to them how easy it is to use and if necessary show them. Help to make sure that people not only know how to stay secure online but also use that knowledge – and that the next infographic looks way better.
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