The cybersecurity landscape is a dangerous one, especially for unsuspecting consumers who neglect to update their passwords. How significant is this type of protection? Every two out of three adults who access the internet will be victims of cybercrime in their lifetime. Overall, 44 percent of crimes this type are reported by those between 40 and 59 years old.

Hackers stop at nothing to take advantage of people with ineffective security measures. In fact, 1.5 million people are victimized every day, which means that 18 consumers are attacked each second.

Passwords are often the first line of defense for people, but are the most overlooked. The average person has 26 online accounts that require passwords, but typically, people only use 5 different login phrases. As a result, more than 90 percent of login credentials are vulnerable to cybercriminals.

Tools like password generators and managers create secure passwords and track people’s credentials to ensure safe web browsing. Consumers shouldn’t use the same credentials for their accounts and disable “remember password” options on their browsers. Those accessing websites should always look for the HTTPS designation, which is a signal that the site is secure. If someone connects to public WiFi, it is essential to turn off the device’s file sharing function.

Hackers may not ever curb their malicious intent, but consumers no longer have to fall victim by neglecting password security.

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Sources:

http://now-static.norton.com/now/en/pu/images/Promotions/2012/cybercrimeReport/2012_Norton_Cybercrime_Report_Master_FINAL_050912.pdf

http://lifehacker.com/5938980/how-secure-are-you-online-the-checklist

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/password-isn-t-safe-90-vulnerable-hacking-213820350.html

http://www.ic3.gov/media/annualreport/2011_IC3Report.pdf