The recently released 2014 Trustwave Global Security Report has revealed that weak passwords opened the door for the initial intrusion in 31% of cyber attacks.
Yesterday, eBay announced a data breach caused by attackers gaining the login credentials of a small number of staff, so it isn’t surprising that weak passwords make up the majority.
These revelations suggest that while the importance of a strong password is known, it’s not heavily enforced. Users should adopt the habit of using a different password for ALL of their online and offline accounts, as well as changing them at least every six months. Though this may not be the most joyous of tasks, it’s the best way to avoid unauthorised access to your account(s).