Lets see about passwords. They should be:
- Not a pet’s name nor related to your age
- Not be where you are from
- Not shared with strangers on the street
Lets see how these random people did…. O wait, they failed all 3 within seconds.
Now, this seems hilarious. Laugh at these poor souls knowing you would never do something so stupid. Now lets switch gears and talk about the plague of ‘anti-vaxxers’. That’s right, these science denying fools have brought measles back to Europe and killed 37 people this year. Stupidity is shocking. Now lets link the two. Herd immunity. Its not just your password strength that matters for you, its that of your friends and family. If someone hacks their account, they can use that to get to you. You’d do anything for that friend, and, suddenly they email you or message you, they are in trouble. You know its them, you spring to action. Too late, it was a hacker who got their account which was fluffy1984.
Or your bank. Suddenly your bank fees go up because they are losing money due to fraud.
Or that friend has enough personal information on you for someone to open a credit card in your name, and someone hacked their account.
So… Here’s my PSA. Ask a couple of friends and family if they:
- use the same password on >1 site
- use a well known fact and a number
as a password. Then help them fix it. Install Chrome and show them how it will automatically create strong passwords per site. Or show them LastPass or something like that. But don’t let them tell you its just their problem. Its society’s. They are causing measles and death, and that is not cool.