Password Security is a Problem

As we have learned from the Heartbleed Bug and from years of brute-force attacks on systems containing log-in credentials, the risk to passwords is still great.

But passwords fall into the hands of criminals in other ways besides through attacks on a database or web server. 40% of people have one of the top 100 most common passwords. This makes it very easy for intruders to access your online accounts and steal your identity.

As it happens, April is also Records and Information Management month and now is a good opportunity to spread awareness around the topic of password security. Here is an info graphic to get you started.

The graphic mentions two-factor, which is the same as two-factor or multi-factor authentication. This verifying technique is something that IS&T is looking to implement in the near future, so stay tuned.

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