Lorrie Faith Cranor, an online privacy expert from Carnegie Mellon University, explains the need for a sophisticated password in today’s online environment and what’s wrong with your password right now.
In Lorrie’s recent TED video, “What’s Wrong With Your Password,” she explains how previous password policies required users to only have one non-letter character in their password. New policies require some passwords to have an upper and lowercase letter, a digit, a symbol, and a specific number of total characters. Lorrie and her team conducted a study and found that a majority of users feel more secure by having such strict password requirements.
Of those polled, 80% reuse passwords. Lorrie explained how reusing passwords is more dangerous than writing your password down. Reusing passwords makes you much more susceptible to hackers. Internet users continue to use simple, basic passwords despite the new password suggestions. Lorrie recommends everyone review your company’s latest password requirements, reevaluate your passwords, and change them if necessary.