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Is YOUR password secure?

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

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Passwords are an everyday part of our lives and are essential in protecting our most sensitive data; including our web data. But how secure is your password? At simplewebhosting.co.uk we regularly see examples of poor password choice and find it’s a constant battle to educate users in the importance of choosing a strong password.

Mark Burnett (xato.net) has used lists of leaked passwords to compile a master list of the 10,000 worst passwords; an astonishing 91% of all passwords used appear in the top 1000. Click on the wordcloud above – if you can see your password then you should change it now!

Here are some startling facts gleaned from Mark’s data:

  • 4.7% of users have the password password;
  • 8.5% have the passwords password or 123456;
  • 9.8% have the passwords password, 123456 or 12345678;
  • 14% have a password from the top 10 passwords
  • 40% have a password from the top 100 passwords
  • 79% have a password from the top 500 passwords
  • 91% have a password from the top 1000 passwords

So is it time to change your password? The answer is almost certainly yes!

We’ve recently introduced stronger password strength requirements meaning that no longer will you be able to pick cPanel or mailbox passwords that are insecure. We know that this will be a nuisance to some customers but we believe it to be an essential nuisance.

Did You Know … simplewebhosting.co.uk sells SSL certificates?

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Our SSL certificates allow you to conduct business online – safer and faster. An SSL certificate is represented by the ‘lock’ symbol appearing in the corner of your browser. It contains your name, a serial number, expiration dates, a key for encrypting and decrypting information and the digital signature of the issuing authority that customers can use to verify that the certificate is real.

Regardless of how secure you make your hosting environment, any sensitive information traveling over the web can be intercepted – unless you have a digital certificate.

simplewebhosting.co.uk is pleased to offer a full range of SSL certificates from the three leading SSL brands in the world – GeoTrust, thawte and VeriSign. Find out more about our SSL certificates.

This educational video from Common Craft, LLC and VeriSign explains the broad strokes of web site security in a way that anyone can understand.

SSL in Plain English

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