Once again passwords are in the spotlight as the number of data breaches reaches epic proportions. It seems like cyber criminals are focusing their attention on finding an easy route to rich pickings, and what could be faster than stealing your password? With this information, most security controls can be easily bypassed, and yet the security industry seems to have created a false sense of security. Is it time for a different approach?
The hackers who recently breached security at Equifax made quite a haul—personal information about 143 million Americans. They got names, addresses, birth dates, credit card numbers, and driver's license numbers. The reports don't mention passwords being part of the haul, but it's certainly possible. Hot on the heels of this major breach, we've now learned that the user database in Equifax's Argentina office had "admin" as both username and password. Unbelievable! Don't be like Equifax. Use a unique, strong password for every site. It's tough, but you can get help. Install a password manager, teach it your passwords, and start upgrading them all to some unguessable string of gibberish, generated by (and remembered by) the password manager. We've evaluated dozens of password managers to help you make an informed choice.