Three quarters of Britons risking online safety

A survey run by the Government’s Cyber Streetwise Campaign has found that 75% of people admit that they do not follow best practice to create complex passwords.

Am I surprised? Ha!

Another finding from the survey is that despite 95% of Britons saying it is their own responsibility to protect themselves online, two-thirds are risking their safety by not using symbols in passwords.

Let’s be honest: managing a range of different and complex passwords isn’t easy unless you do a bit of research. Would you expect the majority of the UK population to know about password management software, or what a complex password even is?

According to the survey, the average number of online accounts that people have is 19. It’s no wonder that 75% of people don’t follow best practice.

An important thing to remember is that, in most cases, your email address password is the most important. If someone gets hold of the password for your email address, then all of your online accounts that are linked to that address are compromised, unless you’ve got two-factor authentication switched on, but not all online services offer that.

What should I do?

If you want to avoid being a victim of identity theft, or the person partially responsible for losing 76 million personal records, then here are a few options available to you:

  1. Learn about complex passwords
  2. Get better at remembering your passwords
  3. Consider using a password management tool

Learn more about cyber crime in the UK by viewing our fighting cyber crime in the UK infographic

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