Adult entertainment security breach exposes weak password use
Users of an adult entertainment website were targeted during a high-profile online security breach that exposed millions of passwords last week. SC Magazine writer Dan Raywood recently suggested that consumers must increase their password protection methods or they stand to be targeted on a greater level.
"After all, you could have a 32-character password, but if you use it for multiple logins, the security you have created is undone," he wrote. "We will probably see this story emerge again and again until a credible solution is presented to prevent password re-use, sharing and writing down."
The reporter also cited a study conducted by Passwordproject.com that said more than 124,000 members of the breached adult entertainment website used "123456" for a password. Of the phrases studied, 26 percent used a password of only six letters.
Signal News' Chilton Tippin recently highlighted the importance of proper password use to defend against hackers. People and businesses seeking more effective ways to protect multiple accounts can use password manager software so the same phrasing is not used for every site, making it more difficult for criminals to decipher sensitive information.