Most Passwords FALL SHORT

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A survey of 1,000 adults in the United States found a variety of shortcomings in the passwords these adults used on-line.  For this survey, a strong password was at least eight characters long, combining upper and lower case letters, one numeral, and one special character.  Their findings were:

 

  • 75% do not use a strong password
  • 32% used a personal reference
  • 29% used insecure or unsure storage
  • 29% used seven or fewer characters
  • 19% used the same password for multiple sites

* This article first appeared in the Oracle Magazine, dated March/April 2012, MashUp Section, Page 14.  Source: Consumer Reports, consumerreports.org

Just a Thought

ID Theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world.  In many instances, a secure password, one that is complicated for a thief to”Crack,” but simple enough for you to remember, may prevent you from becoming a victim.  Protect your password, do not share it/them with anyone!

As we continue to struggle in this economic down-turn, many employers are asking and receiving access from potential new-hires’ Social Media websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.  Some States have passed privacy laws, prohibiting employers from asking for your personal information and passwords.  If you find yourself in an awkward situation, I would strongly suggest that you politely refuse, saying you wish to consult an attorney concerning your privacy rights.

If the need for employment outweighs your rights of privacy and you succumb to your interviewer’s request, I would change ALL my passwords immediately following the interview.  I personally can not see any good coming from such a request, but if you do comply, in my mind, you are virtually standing naked to the world.  Using the survey above, if you fall into the lower percentile, using a common password consistently, your interviewer(s) have all your pertinent information listed on your job application/resume along with your passwords, that is downright scary!

 

You do have a choice, Victim or Survivor

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