Some computer users fail to create secure passwords

Some computer users fail to create secure passwords

Information security has become a leading issue for corporate IT managers, but often the company's employees are most to blame for data breaches.

According a recent report by a security application developer, many people fail to take password generation seriously, making it extremely easy for hackers to infiltrate personal and business user accounts. Passwords such as "123456" and "abc123" were among the report's list of the 25 most-hacked passwords in 2011, with some computer users even believing "password" is a reliable security barrier.

"Hackers can easily break into many accounts just by repeatedly trying common passwords," said security expert Morgan Slain. "Even though people are encouraged to select secure, strong passwords, many people continue to choose weak, easy-to-guess ones, placing themselves at risk from fraud and identity theft. What you don't want is a password that is easily guessable. If you have a password that is short or common or a word in the dictionary, it's like leaving your door open for identity thieves."

A recent survey by a leading antivirus company revealed that 63 percent of people rarely change their password, while 10 percent never alter it.