Safer Internet Day Is a Thing Now

To mark the occasion the government has added some extra laws and rules, as the Online Safety Bill makes its way through Parliament, including banning all threats to physically attack someone, (including joke threats like a Labour MP tweeting punch a Tory? – Ed) demanding tech companies seek out harmful stuff instead of waiting for complaints, plus the `sharing of hoax information about Covid19.’

Presumably this means anyone pointing out that the vaccines aren’t very good at stopping Covid, so you might want to try some Vitamin D in winter instead, will be jailed. Time will tell.

Meanwhile, Lookout has sent us some info on weak passwords.

Last year, there were 1,862 data breaches according to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s 2021 Annual Data Breach Report. That is an all time high and a 68% increase over breaches in 2020. According to  Lookout, 80% of people’s emails are leaked on the dark web as a result of data breaches.

When data breaches happen, passwords for online accounts are also commonly leaked, leaving consumers at risk for identity theft. In order to keep you safe on the web Lookout has shared the top 10 passwords found on the dark web.

Top 10 Passwords Found On Dark Web:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. Qwerty
  4. Password
  5. 12345
  6. 12345678
  7. 111111
  8. 1234567
  9. 123123
  10. Qwerty123

Obviously everyone working in the insurance sector will be advising clients that using their dog’s name, date of birth, make or model of their car etc is asking for automated software to guess the connection. Plus it’s a tedious, but necessary task, to update passwords at least twice a year. Plus two step verification on any sensitive accounts like banking, govt agencies, social media accounts etc. is also good.

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