Infographic: SecurityCoverage Explains the Difference Between Weak and Strong Passwords

Security software provider breaks down password strength in a visually-compelling infographic

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (PRWEB) October 08, 2012

SecurityCoverage, Inc., the company behind the Password Genie password management application, aims to educate about the importance of online password strength through the release of its infographic titled, “How Strong is Your Password?”. This infographic shows common characteristics of weak passwords and reveals the mistakes that are often made by users when creating passwords for online accounts. It also provides a few tips for users on how to create stronger passwords and keep them secure.

SecurityCoverage has recognized the prevalence of weak password creation and seeks to make known the importance of creating stronger, more complex passwords. Their infographic addresses the fact that most users are creating weak passwords, making life easier for hackers looking to steal personal information. According to SecurityCoverage, some of the characteristics of weak passwords include the use of one's name, login information, names of friends or family members, common keyboard patterns like “qwerty” and “123456”, and any dictionary words in general.

Another issue that the infographic addresses is that a majority of users have the same password across multiple sites. The average user has 25 password-protected accounts and uses just 6 passwords, which can be of great benefit to identity thieves. SecurityCoverage attributes this statistic to the difficulty that users find in remembering separate passwords for all of their online accounts.

The overall problem that SecurityCoverage has defined is that it is nearly impossible to both have secure passwords for all online accounts and remember them all. Because of this, users are creating weak, but easy to remember passwords. SecurityCoverage is seeking to inform users that the best solution to this password strength issue is using a strong password generator service to create the strongest possible passwords, and using a password manager service to eliminate the worry of forgetting or having a password stolen.

“Our lifestyles are becoming more and more integrated with digital accounts. It’s human nature to make up easy to remember passwords and to reuse them. Even though it’s unsafe, people can only remember so much,” said SecurityCoverage CEO Robert O’Dell. “But password managers, like Password Genie, remember everything for you. Users can avoid the burden of trying to create and remember safe, complex passwords for all of their accounts.”

SecurityCoverage, beyond providing information about the difference between strong and weak passwords, also provides solutions with its Password Genie application, which is both a strong password generator and a secure and reliable password manager that is available from work, home or on the go. With Password Genie, users can both conveniently generate powerful passwords and safely store them along with any other important notes or personal information.

About SecurityCoverage:

SecurityCoverage, Inc. provides fully managed, fully supported, mobile and desktop computing security and technical support services to individual users through a partnership group of Internet Service Providers, Telecommunications and Cable companies, and other providers across the nation. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the privately-owned company offers Internet security protection, online data backup, password management, virtual PC repair, and help desk support. Product and company information is available at http://www.securitycoverage.com.


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