You can protect your data and your privacy by using a simple password or PIN, according to experts.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned businesses against relying on outdated or useless passwords, and the National Association of Secretaries of State has urged them to adopt more secure passwords.
But in an email to members on Tuesday, former chief technology officer of the FTC William Binney said the US has more than 300,000 home security systems that are not protected by password policies.
Binney said in an interview that there are no “zero-days” for password-protected systems.
“We are very aware of this, and we have a number of tools and techniques that will help us defend against it,” he said.
“However, the majority of home security products are designed to work with standard operating systems, so if you want to keep the system secure you’re going to need to modify your operating system.”
For example, if you are using Windows XP, you might want to upgrade your OS, change the default password, or change the login password for your computer.
“Binny added that while a “simple password” is still the best way to protect the home, “some” people don’t want to have to use a password at all.
In fact, the average US household spends more than $1,000 a year on passwords, according the FBI.
Security experts are also concerned about the privacy implications of having a password for the internet.
Security firm Trend Micro has reported that users of popular mobile apps such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Instagram, which use the same login system as their desktop web apps, may be sharing their passwords with each other, even if they’re not using the same account.”
It’s probably safe to say that passwords have become a bit of a common element in modern home security,” Trend Micro CEO Marc Rotenberg told ABC News.”
They’re used for many different things and we’re seeing the trend of passwords being a common tool, but it’s also possible that someone who’s using those apps could be sharing those passwords with other people.
“Rotenberg added that most users who log into their email or social media accounts would never want to be sharing passwords with others.”
But that’s where you have to be careful,” he added.”
You need to be very, very careful about sharing passwords for the home with other devices, because you don’t know what could happen when you share that with someone else.
“Trend Micro recommends a password manager app, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.”
When you’re using these services, make sure that you use strong passwords, or you’ll be sharing your passwords with the wrong people,” Rotenberg said.
However, a password-management service that automatically creates strong passwords is still recommended by the FTC.”
A more secure password should be used at homeThe FTC recommends that users change their passwords regularly, and should be using a password managers app when they log in to their home or business.””
This is the one that’s most likely to be safe, and I recommend you do that.”
A more secure password should be used at homeThe FTC recommends that users change their passwords regularly, and should be using a password managers app when they log in to their home or business.
“The more people you share your password with, the more likely you are to use the wrong one, and you’re more likely to fall prey to malware,” Binny said.
“The more of a password you use, the less likely it is that someone else will get access to it.”
“It also means that you’re less likely to get hacked,” he continued.
“I think there’s an entire industry around passwords.
You don’t have to have a whole bunch of passwords.”
Binary’s advice to companies is to create strong passwords at home, but he says companies should be cautious about sharing them with eachother.
“I don’t think you should use a shared password that you share with someone you know, or even just on a random day,” he explained.
“If someone is doing it, they’re probably going to be able to use it for something else.”
Bbinney said that some people use their password to log into Facebook and Twitter, but others don’t.
“Some people use it to log on to the internet or to a computer, or to access a secure email account,” he noted.
“That’s a very secure way of storing your passwords, but there’s no evidence that it’s safe to be doing that.”
The FTC also has some recommendations for companies that use password management services:If you use a web browser to log in, change your password at least every 30 days.
If you log in via your mobile phone, you should set a password that’s hard to guess and difficult to guess the wrong person, such as a random string or a combination of the letters and numbers.