Doug Bedell — June 1, 2020, 3:43 pm

Give Passwords Primacy to Avoid Web Security Breaches


Here’s a tutorial on the importance, in security terms, of changing your password should your website be breached. It’s on the techxplore site, but has been called to our attention by tech whiz Bruce Schneier.

Believe it or not, the study advises that most computer users don’t change their passwords if their site is breached.

“‘In our study, writes Daniel Tkacik, of Carnegie Mellon University, only one in three people who had accounts on breached domains changed their passwords, says CyLab’s Sruti Bhagavatula, a Ph.D. student in the School of Computer Science. ‘Only 13 percent of people with accounts on these domains changed their password within three months of the breach announcement.'”

“Many may find these findings alarming, given the frequency of corporate data breaches in recent years. In January 2019, for example, a collection of over 700 million email addresses alongside passwords, referred to as ‘Collection #1’ had been distributed on a popular hacking forum.”

Oh gee, you may be thinking, that couldn’t happen to me. But it depends on how preoccupied you may be when the occasion arises. Give primacy to your passwords when you’re working on the web.

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