How secure is your password? | Titania

2016 was the year for data breaches, with more than 32 million Twitter passwords going up for sale just days after 117 million password and email combinations from a 2012 LinkedIn hack were reportedly listed on the dark web for around £1,500.

Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was found to be using insecure password ‘dadada’ across several sites. Without capital letters, characters, numbers or other ways of making his password more complex, this would take less than 25 seconds for a typical brute force attack to crack.

Brute Force is a common technique used by hackers which ranges from guessing commonly used passwords, to more advanced hacks using an application to automatically attempt dictionary-based passwords, as well as a combination of characters.

In the Twitter breach, more than 120,000 people were using ‘123456’ as their password, followed closely by ‘qwerty’, ‘password’ and other security nightmares. Weak, default or stolen passwords were involved in 63% of all data breaches in 2015, according to research by Verizon. So how can you stay secure?

Follow industry guidelines and make sure your passwords are complex. Avoid dictionary based words or combine several together to form a memorable, unusual phrase. Complex passwords generally include a combination of upper and lowercase characters, numbers and symbols, and don’t contain parts of the user’s full name. 

The more complex your password, the more you protect yourself from brute force attacks. Our free Risk Assessment Tool checks your password policy settings and gives you a pass or fail rating on its complexity. If your password fails the check, the tool provides useful resources, such as guidance from the government Cyber Essentials scheme, to help you stay secure.

If you want to check password complexity across your network and enhance your security further, you can download a FREE trial of Paws Studio. It works across laptops, workstations and servers, producing an easy to understand report to help you achieve compliance against industry standard security policies and best practice. You can even use the policy editor to audit against your own password policy. To find out more, visit our website.

With the threat of cyber attacks ever increasing, governments, businesses and organisations of all sizes need to maintain the highest level of security at all times. Titania’s security and compliance auditing tools enable organisations to produce expert level security reports on their networks at a fraction of the time and cost of manual testing, helping them stay secure. Our award-winning software is the configuration auditing tool of choice for organisations in over 80 countries.