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Bad password dubbed cyber security threat in India
May 05, 2017
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New Delhi: Even though the number of internet users in India is expected to reach 420 million by June, there is still lack of awareness about password management among the masses, making them vulnerable to cyber attacks, experts said on Thursday, designated as World Password Day.

The first Thursday of May of each year is designated as World Password Day — an occasion to promote better password habits.

As the government’s digital India initiative accelerates across the country, cyber security experts believe that there is an urgent need to make the masses aware about the creation and management of passwords.

“Though the government has been proactive about ‘Digital India’ and digital literacy drive, on the security front, there is not much activity.

There is an urgent need of mass awareness about password management,” Faisal Kawoosa, Principal Analyst (Telecoms) at CyberMedia Research (CMR), told IANS on Thursday.

It is also important that one password should not be used for multiple accounts, because if one password is leaked, several accounts can be hacked.

“If you can only remember one strong password, try a password manager. Change your passwords promptly if a crook might have got hold of them,” Sunil Sharma, Vice President (Sales) Sophos, India and SAARC, said.

He suggested the use two-factor authentication (2FA) that means running a special app on your mobile device to generate a single-use login code, or receiving a login code through SMS.

Around 99 per cent of children in urban areas of India use Internet and most of them use weak passwords and share them with their family and friends, a survey conducted by Telenor India revealed.

Telecom operator Telenor’s survey — conducted in 13 cities and covered 2,700 students — indicated that 54.6 per cent children in urban areas use passwords with only alphabets or numbers and which are of less than eight characters.

“Though India is home to the second largest Internet population in the world, majority of users, specially our children, are exposed to cyber threats due to weak and easy-to-guess passwords,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India, said in a statement.

Indo-Asian News Service

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