Password breaches are all too common nowadays and the biggest challenge is to keep a different complex password for every website or app, writes John Mc Loughlin, CEO of J2 Software.
Most people use the same passwords on multiple sites and, when one of those sites is compromised, hackers test the login information on other sites. This means having one password compromised can lead to one’s password being compromised on many other sites.
The truth is that for every system, cloud storage, app and network we place our information and login credentials into we increase our risk landscape. When you use a single password for every platform, a breach of one is a breach of all of them. You may practice safe cyber activity and still have your credentials compromised in a third-party app that has poor security measures.
The use of a password is not ideal, but let’s be honest, most people, systems and organisations across Africa have no other means of remaining secure. It is not ideal, but until there is a practical alternative – let’s all take the steps to not make it easy for the cybercriminal to pounce.
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