Password Reuse Opens Doors for Cybercriminals

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Researchers from the Security Group at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory conducted a study on two recently hacked websites that also had their password hashes stolen. The two sites appeared to have a lot of overlapping customers and shared email addresses, and the Cambridge study discovered that, of the passwords that were cracked, 76% of people used the same password on both sites. This blog post on InfoWorld points out that “many people choose the same password they use at work for personal websites [but] in these times, not a single day passes without some major password hacking incident becoming public.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.