By Carrie-Ann Skinner
December 20, 2010
Nearly four in five (79 percent) web users admit to using personal
information and phrases in passwords, says Check Point.
Research by the security firm, which created the ZoneAlarm software,
revealed more than a quarter (26 percent) reuse the same passwords for
email, online banking or social networking accounts, while 8 percent
claim they copy passwords from online lists of 'good' passwords.
Furthermore, more than 22 percent have had their social networking
accounts hacked, and the same amount have experienced email hacking.
"Especially now, with online shopping on the rise this holiday season,
consumers need to be aware of the importance of passwords and the fact
that hackers are getting more and more sophisticated in cracking them,"
said Bari Abdul, vice-president of consumer sales at Check Point.
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