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Security relying on kindness of strangers

Users help hackers and identity thieves by failing to take security seriously, finds research. UK business and consumers are still failing to take security seriously, according to research. A survey conducted for RSA Security has found that nearly four out of five people easily give up enough information – such as their date of birth and name of their spouse – for their identity to be stolen. One third share passwords with family and friends, yet 57 per cent of all those questioned considered the protection of online identities to be the responsibility of the companies that run websites. The survey also found that people were lazy about choosing passwords. Some 34 per cent used their spouse’s name, 14 per cent used their birthday and 11 per cent used their pet’s name. And 66 per cent admitted to using the same ID and password on multiple sites, making a hacker’s task easier. Full Story

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