Announcement of 03. May 2016

Strong passwords are important

G DATA offers security tips on World Password Day.

May 5th, 2016 is World Password Day. Online banking, shopping, email and social media accounts – for all of them users need to remember a password or a PIN code. According to a survey conducted by BITKOM, about a third of the population (36%) feel overwhelmed by the large amount of password that they need to remember. After all, internet users have on average 17 different passwords (source: Password Research). On this World Password Day the Bochum-based IT security company gives you some tips on how to stay safe on the web

Many people use passwords which are based on personal information. This makes the password easier to remember. Attackers know this, of course. Short numerical passwords can also be guessed easily by trying out the birth year, month or day of a victim. Other commonly used passwords such as the partner’s name or the name of a pet can be found out by attackers with relative ease. A combination of upper- and lower case characters as well as digits offers a lot more security. Passwords with at least eight different characters and digits offer a much higher degree of security.

Here is an example. Think of a sentence and then use the first character of each word in the sentence and the numbers in it to form a strong password: Today, on May 5, I will create a strong password with at least 16 characters.

The resulting password is: ToM5Iwcaspwal16c

 

Strong passwords, however, represent only one ingredient of improved security on the web. 

G DATA’s three-point checklist:

  • Change your passwords: Users should change their passwords for any online accounts on a regular basis. Reusing passwords across multiple accounts should be avoided. A unique password should be chosen for every online service or social media network.
  • Malware protection: In many homes, different devices are used to surf the web. Therefore, all of those devices should be considered when performing a security check. Ths includes desktop PCs as well as smartphone, tablet PCs or notebooks. All devices should be fitted with current malware protection to be safe from viruses, trojans and other harmful software.
  • Operating system: All security updates for the operating system as well as all installed software should be installed immediately. This ensures that any existing security flaws cannot be exploited.

 

G DATA Password Manager improves security

For added security and convenient access to login credentials, the Password Manager in TotalProtection can be used. Any sensitive data such as user names and passwords are stored in an encrypted database. This database can only be accessed with a master password. After installation the Password Manager appears as an icon in the browser. It remembers all the web portals for which access credentials have been stored. This module does away with spark notes and insecure passwords. The Password Manager will be available soon.

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Announcement of 03. May 2016

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