Cybersecurity

Your Passwords Aren't Nearly Strong Enough

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Do you suffer from password fatigue? If you’re a human and you use the internet, the Agence France-Presse says, you probably do. Symptoms include picking “easy” passwords—those that shirk suggestions for long strings of characters mixing numbers and symbols—and repeating passwords from one website to another, a dangerous game if you’re mixing low- and high-security accounts.

“As people are increasingly accessing websites from smartphones and tablets, typing passwords is becoming an ever bigger pain,” Sarah Needham of Confident Technologies, developers of a picture-based password alternative, told AFP.

In fact, a 2012 report by cybersecurity company Norton found that, of 13,000 adults surveyed in 24 countries, 46% used simple passwords and failed to change them regularly.

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