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Do you have a case of Passworditis?

October 31, 2018
Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of passwords you need to remember?

Do you feel controlled by all the passwords you need? 

Have you experienced anger and frustration while trying to remember a password to log into an account?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing symptoms of passworditis.

What is passworditis?

A condition caused by password overload, passworditis is an overwhelming feeling that comes with managing and remembering multiple, complex passwords on several accounts and devices, resulting in reluctance to create strong passwords, use different strong passwords for different accounts and change passwords often, even though individuals know better.

It’s not uncommon. According to the Survey of Internet Users Regarding Cyber Security report released by Public Safety Canada, when asked about frequency of changing passwords on various types of accounts, roughly one in five Canadians (17-22 percent) said they never update any of their online accounts, and slightly fewer (15-20 percent) update these accounts every few years.

To help remember passwords, Canadians use the same password for multiple accounts (51 percent), write down passwords (40 percent), and allow a browser to remember their password (33 percent).

However, in the same study, 88% of Canadians indicated they were aware that using unique passwords for different sites would reduce online threats.

And, so, we have a large segment of the Canadian population with passworditis: although aware of good password practices, their behavior does not match.

While passworditis is not life-threatening, it can put you at risk of some serious side effects if digital criminals get ahold of your accounts.

There is a cure

Here are a few solutions you can take:

Use a password manager

A password manager, such as Password Safe or KeePass, can help you store, manage and protect your login credentials.

Use a password hint system

Do not write down your actual password, but instead write down a hint that only makes sense to you, and store that hint in a safe location.

Use a phrase to create complex passwords

Take a sentence that is personal and memorable to you and abbreviate and combine them in unique ways to create a password.

As National Cyber Security Awareness Month comes to a close, it’s a great time to commit to better password practices.

Digital credentials such as passwords connect you to critical business applications, as well as online services. Unfortunately, criminals know this — and that’s why digital credentials are among the most valuable assets found on the Dark Web.

To see if your credit union’s digital credentials are for sale on the Dark Web, Celero is offering a complimentary, one-time scan with Dark Web ID™ Credential Monitoring. Learn more on celero.ca.