Why do we keep using bad passwords?
We have been using passwords and codes for hundreds of years, but still, it seems like our security thinking hasn’t evolved at all.
These are som ofthe most common passwords:
charlie and … donald.
What’s more alarming, though, is that people use the same 2-4 passwords for almost everything. That means they use the same password for both their work-login and bank-app as for their Tinder account and Facebook-profile. If you think about a large number of hacks in recent years, you now see that a hacker quickly can get access to far more places than the specific site they hacked. So, a hacker doesn’t even need to hack a server to gain access to passwords. They can try the ones on the list, and they’ll be getting into far more places than they reasonably should in this day and age.
Of course, with all the information surrounding us today, remembering 10-20 different passwords is not an easy thing to do. This has caused a large number of users to write their passwords down.
Luckily, there is also a considerable rise in the use of multi-factor authentication apps and solutions. Even more satisfying is that a decreasing number of such systems are using SMS for verification since SMS has been found very easy to reroute.
So, when choosing your multi-factor authentication system, security is not the only thing you need to factor in. It has to be convenient and easy to use. In other words, you need to find a solution that provides both security and convenience.