Password reuse: Should you be doing it?
Human instincts dictate password habits
I can’t remember when was the first time I used a password on the internet. Was it on my E-mail or social media account? I can’t recall. All I knew was that I was using the same password across my accounts because having a username and a password was just the only requirement. No capitalized letters, minimum characters, and no numbers included, just an easy-to-remember password. My passwords were even the same as my username so that I wouldn’t forget my passwords. I think I was more concerned with the convenience of remembering my password and blinded by its implications; besides, everyone was doing the same thing, so I was never bothered. Until one of my accounts got hacked.
The more passwords an individual has to remember, the more likely we are to use the same one.
A survey was undertaken by 3,000 respondents by Google in February 2019 suggested that:
- 52% reuse the same password for multiple accounts
- 13% reuse the same password for all accounts.
Only 35% use different passwords for all their accounts.
The clock was ticking; every second counted before it was too late for me to retrieve my account. Fortunately, I gained my access back. My fear was, what if my identity got used by someone and pretended to be me. Despite being aware of the risks and consequences, I continued using the same password. I was aware of the risks, yet I never took precautions to keep my accounts safe. I learned that giving more importance to my data security should be the top priority and not my convenience.
Take it, or risk it?
For decades, more and more systems, networks, and services have relied on the internet. Vulnerability increases due to the increasing number of cyberattacks every day, making our networks and systems at risk of hacking.
In the U.S. alone, the average email address is associated with hundreds of accounts. It’s no wonder why so many of us use the same username and password combinations over and over again. However, if all your accounts use the same password, the probability of falling into brute-force attacks is exceptionally high. Hackers can even create programs used to easily find the information required to log in to your accounts. Your online account spectrum could be anything from your social media and work-related accounts to your confidential and restricted accounts (e.g., online banking). And if just one account or system’s data is compromised, all of your other sites and networks can be accessed by hackers.
With hacking and data breaches on the rise, businesses and individuals must understand the importance of safe password management and the danger of reusing login credentials.
An easy way to manage your passwords
Aside from adopting some of the safe password management principles, such as changing your passwords often, using unique combinations of letters and numbers, and utilizing multi-factor authentication, one of the best things you can do to protect your online data is to start using a password manager.
A password manager, such as Synology C2 Password, is one tool you can use to manage all of your accounts, passwords, and other sensitive data in one place. A password manager not only eliminates the need to remember all of your passwords but also helps create stronger passwords, even further increasing your overall account protection. All you have to do is remember one password (your master password or key), and the password manager does the rest for you. Since you would no longer need to remember each password, this means that you can also make sure that each of your accounts is using a unique and randomly generated password to keep your data as safe as possible from anyone looking to gain access. Plus, password management systems like C2 Password allow unlimited device syncing, so you can access your credentials from any device anytime and anywhere since you’ll need it to access all of your accounts! And the best part, you can start with the Free plan.
By strengthening our passwords and keeping them in a safe and secure place, we can make hackers’ jobs a lot more difficult. If you want to learn more about Synology C2 Password and how it works, feel free to check it out here!
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