Tanzania: Cyber security multinational tips Internet users on safety from hackers

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Internet users around the world are still to find a way to protect themselves effectively through their use of passwords, according to a research by Kaspersky Lab, a Russian multinational cyber security and anti-virus provider.

"Kaspersky Lab has revealed that people are putting their online safety and privacy at risk by not choosing passwords carefully enough, these simple password mistakes may have far-reaching consequences for the unknowing user," IT News Africa reported Wednesday.

It said the study has shown three mistakes that are common among a large number of Internet users. People use the same password for multiple accounts, people use passwords that are easy and simple to crack, and others store their passwords in an insecure manner which defeats the point of having the password in the first place.

“Considering the amount of private and sensitive information that we store online today, people should be taking better care to protect themselves with effective password protection. These mistakes, in turn, are effectively like leaving the front door open to emails, bank accounts, personal files and more,” said Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab.

The research highlighted that large numbers of people globally (almost one-in-five – 18%) have faced an account hacking attempt but many people have a password which is effective and cyber-savvy.

For example, only a third (30%) of Internet users create new passwords for different online accounts and a worrying one-in-ten people use the same password for all their online accounts.

"Should one password be leaked, these people are therefore at risk of having every account hacked and exploited," the report cautioned.

Also, the research found that people were also not creating strong enough passwords to protect them from hacking and extortion.

"Many people are careless with their passwords by sharing them with others and using insecure methods to remember them.

"Over one-in-five (22%) also admitted to writing their passwords down in a notepad to help remember them. Even if a password is strong, this leaves the user vulnerable because other people may see and use it," said the study.

According to Mochola, people still make simple mistakes when it comes to online passwords. "The best passwords cannot be found in the dictionary. They are long, with upper and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation marks,” he said.

Empathising with internet users, Mochola added that “with people having so many online accounts today, it’s not easy to remember a secure password for everything. Using a password management solution can help people remember and generate strong passwords to minimise the risk of account hacking online.”
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11 january 2017 07:38:53

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