EID 100: FINAL GROUP PROJECT

PASSWORD VULNERABILITY INFOGRAPHIC

Created By: Yuzong Chen, Sara Khosh Kholgh, Emily Marvel, Jazhleason Sasitharan, & Erika Sgromo

Summary:

The infographic presented aims to give social media users, both adults and millennials, some insight into the importance of password security and its vulnerability. Likening password security to home security aims to create the connection that our homes keep us and our belongings safe, as do our internet passwords. They protect the very important, very personal information that we store online. This is why we felt that password vulnerability and online security aspects were important to focus on.

The target audience of the infographic is anyone on social media. It considers all platforms that people use for social media interaction, and solutions people can employ to help better protect themselves. As students, millennials, and avid social media users this subject was one that we felt was incredibly relevant to our cohort, and the ones that come after us.

The infographic begins with some general statistics about password security aiming to drive home just how prevalent hacking is, and how easy it can be for a person’s passwords to get hacked. The stats begin general, and become more relevant to social media specifically as the user scrolls the graphic. The latter half of the graphic is the part at which we are able to connect what we’ve learned in class to real life applications. Solutions are presented so that people who have seen the statistics can then take action to better armour their social media accounts. Some of the solutions presented include two-factor authentication, employing password managers to keep passwords safe, and some additional (easy) tips for extra security.

Two-factor authentication was one of the main, highlighted, suggestions as it adds an extra layer of security to all password-protected accounts. Only when multiple (2) pieces of evidence are presented does the account unlock. This can be in the form of password plus email, or text, etc. Password managers are also incredibly helpful tools to secure online passwords. They encourage users to create stronger more secure passwords and employ two-factor authentication within themselves, as well as strong, local encryption (LastPass, 2017).

All of the statistics and solutions presented are all very intentional. They aim to follow the narrative that internet security is as important as home security and that measures should be taken to reduce the statistics presented earlier in the graphic.

Sources:

Gemalto. (2016, September). Data breach statistics 2016: First half results are in [Blog post].Retrieved from Gemalto website: https://blog.gemalto.com/security/2016/09/20/data-breach-statistics-2016-first-half-results/

Golgowski, N. (2017, January 18). The Most Common Passwords In 2016 Are Truly Terrible. The Huffington Post.

Security Magazine. (2016, May). Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. Adults’ Social Media Accounts Have Been Hacked. Retrieved from Security Magazine website: http://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/87096-nearly-two-thirds-of-us-adults-social-media-accounts-have-been-hacked

Smith, K. (2012, August 06). 5 Ways To Prevent Your Password From Being Hacked. Retrieved April 04, 2017, from http://www.businessinsider.com/5-ways-to-prevent-your-account-from-being-hacked-2012-8

Stop The Hacker. (n.d.). Ten Scariest Hacking Statistics [Blog post]. Retrieved from Stop The Hacker website: https://www.stopthehacker.com/2012/04/20/ten-scariest-hacking-statistics/

TeleSign (Ed.). (2015, June). TeleSign Consumer Account Security Report [PDF]. Retrieved from https://www.telesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/TeleSign-Consumer-Account-Security-Report-2015-FINAL.pdf

Warman, M. (2013, January). 90 Percent Of Passwords ‘Vulnerable To Hacking’. Retrieved from Business Insider website: http://www.businessinsider.com/90-percent-of-passwords-vulnerable-to-hacking-2013–1

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