The Risk of Sharing Passwords

In our modern day digital lives, one of the most challenging aspects is managing all of our online account passwords. In a recent study done by Experian, a credit monitoring firm, they found that people between the ages of 25-34 register for an average of 40 accounts per email address. However, across those 40 accounts, each person was using only five different passwords. This means if one of their passwords was accessed, it is likely that they would be able to get into more than one of their accounts.

Here are some of the top reasons why you shouldn’t share your password:

1. If you have stored personal information, such as your address or credit card details, on one of your accounts in which you use a generic password, you will be putting these details at risk. Any account that has stored information should NEVER have a password shared.

2. Network insecurity could also become a problem. If you are transferring files between your company and personal devices, a shared work password may hitch a ride home with an employee and could become exposed by an insecure home or public Wi-Fi Network.

3. Finally, if you are sharing your password with people and it gets exposed, people may be able to access your private social media or website accounts. This could lead to them accessing private photos or messages.

Shared passwords can often be the cause of cyber-security attacks, for more information of how to be cyber smart, contact borwell on 01684 377980.

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