An alert employee came across some interesting information in a banking publication today. Trustwave, a managed security service provider, performed an analysis to see how easily it could crack a sample of 626,718 passwords it collected during 2013 and early 2014. The security company was able to crack more than 50% of the passwords within the first few minutes of trying and ultimately recovered about 92% of the sample within 31 days. Passwords are still just too simple.
While passwords may be annoying, good ones can be hard to keep track of and difficult to remember. We recommend strong passwords with numbers, symbols, upper and lower case letters. And even if the password does not expire, it is still best practice to change it on occasion and not use the same password for every online site.
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