Cybercrime is a real threat and it is important for users to be alert and take preventative measures to protect their sensitive information
Carlow, Ireland (PRWEB) May 10, 2012
Leading Irish domain registrar and hosting company Blacknight is partnering with IRISSCERT (The Irish Reporting & Information Security Service) to spread the word on the importance of password security.
IRISSCERT, a non-profit company that assists Irish businesses with Internet security issues, is launching the "Brush Up Your Security" campaign to promote awareness on the secure use of passwords amongst teenagers and young adults by urging them to treat their passwords as they would treat their toothbrush.
Blacknight, who work to educate their customers and the public at large on how to protect themselves online, are particularly invested in spreading the word on the importance of secure passwords.
“We are proud to be involved in IRISSCERT’s campaign to educate Irish youth on password protection,” Michele Neylon of Blacknight states. “Cybercrime is a real threat and it is important for users to be alert and take preventative measures to protect their sensitive information.”
IRISSCERT are urging users to choose passwords wisely by using them regularly, changing them often and never sharing them with anyone. To reinforce the message, IRISSCERT will be distributing 20,000 free toothbrushes and leaflets to highlight how best to use passwords securely over the coming week to schools and universities.
Prior to the campaign IRISSCERT ran a survey amongst 120 teenagers to determine how they use passwords. They found that 62% of those surveyed do not use a password on their smartphone and that 36% of those surveyed share passwords with close friends or relatives.
56% of those surveyed never change their passwords and 13% only change their passwords when their accounts have been hacked or hijacked.
Neylon continues: “Password protection is a relatively painless way to save yourself a lot of trouble down the road. If you are the only person who has access to your password you dramatically reduce the chances of becoming a victim of cybercrime. Create a password that only you would know that is easy for you to remember and don’t share it with anyone.”
Brian Honan of the IRISS explains: “Without the support of sponsors like Blacknight these initiatives would not be possible. The campaign is funded fully by the EC but without Blacknight’s support IRISSCERT would not be around to run the campaign.”
To learn more about the “Brush Up Your Security” campaign, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SmileIreland for information on using secure passwords.
For more information on IRISSCERT visit http://www.iriss.ie.
Blacknight are an Irish based, ICANN accredited domain registrar and hosting company. Recipients of several awards for their revolutionary use of social media, Blacknight are one of Europe’s most cutting edge Internet companies. Blacknight constantly seek to lead the way by introducing innovative solutions for its client base and provide dedicated servers and colocation as well as a comprehensive range of Microsoft Windows and Linux based hosting plans and domain name registration services to business globally.