Re-Using Login Details Could Be Threatening Your Privacy
What do Fluffy1975, JustinJaden, and Password123 have in common? They’re all easy-to-remember potential passwords. They’re also relatively easy to crack. You get this. You avoid using your pet’s name, children’s names, dates, and common number combinations. In fact, you’ve created one of the most hard-to-crack passwords you can think of. It’s so good, you use it everywhere.
And that’s the problem.
Re-using Login Details: Why We Do It
Most of us have more than online site that requires login credentials. Some of us have dozens, if not hundreds of them. It’s not easy keeping track of username and password combinations, and it’s especially hard when our passwords have become gobbledegook out of concern for security. Thus, instead of creating unique login details for each site, we do our best to come up with a memorable, yet hard to crack, username and password combination — then we use it across multiple websites.
Why is Re-using Login Details a Problem?
No matter how amazing your login details may be, if a cyber criminal gets them, ALL of your online accounts are at risk.
For example, let’s say you originally created a super-secure username and password combination when you signed up for online banking. You knew how important having a strong password is for securing your financial information. In fact, your bank may have rejected your initial password creation attempts, deeming “Fluffy1975” too weak.
Over time, you started using your online banking credentials when setting up new online accounts. After all, they’re hard to crack and you’ve already memorized them. You use these login details everywhere, on Facebook, on Amazon, on your healthcare provider’s site, at work, on your favorite blogging platform, and so on. You probably even use these login details on questionable sites or when registering for an app you recently downloaded. Questionable or not, even well-known companies such as Target and Sony have been hacked.
What happens when one of these entities gets hacked? Once cyber criminals get your login details for a given site, they have the keys to unlock all of your accounts. They know people re-use login details. Thus, it’s worth their time to try using your login details on other sites such as online banking sites.
Create Unique Login Details without Overtaxing Your Memory
Clearly, each online account you have should have its own unique login details. The best way to accomplish this is with a password manager. Password managers require a single master password. You’ll use this password to unlock the others held within.
Password managers typically work with your browser, automatically filling in your login details with a simple click of the button. They’re easy to use, and they’re one of the best ways to protect your accounts from cyber criminals.
Use our Password Generator to quickly create strong, unique passwords.
April 17, 2015 / By: Celeste