Your password may seem difficult to break because it's complex and hard to remember. However, there is a way to make passwords that are easy to remember and more secure than your current one.
So far this year, 16 billion records have been exposed. About 8.4 billion were exposed in the first quarter of 2020 alone, a 273% increase from the first half of 2019 which saw only 4.1 billion exposed. While breach reporting was down significantly in Q1 2020, that can be chalked up to the pandemic disrupting reporting, not a decrease in cybercrime.
Weak or Clearly Bad Passwords Open Us to Identity Theft and Other Crimes
Password security is a critical part of life if you value your privacy. Weak, reused or clearly bad passwords open us all to being targeted for identity theft and other crimes by hackers and bad guys.
The new Groundhog Day List of the 20 Most Common Passwords of 2022 is out, and it’s a doozy. This annual list gives us information on the most common passwords found on the Dark Web each year.
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84.65% of Users Use the Same Password Across Multiple Accounts
Password insecurity is the most critical weakness that cybercriminals and hackers have to exploit – researchers estimate more than 81% of data breaches are due to poor password security. Users know that password safety is important, but they often fail to take it seriously. In a 2020 survey, 91% of participants said that they understood the risk of password reuse but 59% admitted to doing it anyway – and 63% of them use the same password across multiple work and home applications.
That puts your company in danger of intrusion by cybercriminals, making it a snap for them to steal data or deploy malware like ransomware.
How To Use This Password Phrase Generator
Step One: Choose the Character Sets to be used in generating your passwords.
The options are Uppercase Letters, Lowercase letters, Numbers, Symbols and four specially selected lists of words. Select the character sets you want included in your passphrase by placing a check next to it. Uncheck any you do not want to use.
Step Two: Select the length of your password
You can select a pass phrase length between 9 characters and 63 characters long. If you want a password of slightly random length you can set the minimum and maximum length to the range you would like it to fall betwee. If you want a specific length, simply slide the Min Length and Max Length sliders to the same length. If you select 22 for the Min Length and 26 for the Max Length the algorithm will keep adding characters or words onto the end of the new passphrase until it reaches the Max Length if it is not already the minimum length.
Step Three: Click the refresh arrows in the text box at the top of the page to generate your most secure password.