ICT Security is not ICT; it is YOU!!

Let’s have a look at an ancient key.


Not much effort is necessary to pick this lock isn’t it? I think that even I can do that. Let’s have a look at a modern key:


Which key do you want for your home? Assuming (and I think I am pretty safe here) that you want the more modern and more advanced key. Can you sense the built-up?

Why is it that we still use ancient keys for accessing our information? Why is it that we do not use modern keys as password?

We all know that passwords were stolen from the popular social media platform LinkedIn. The ten most Popular password that are used by us (the user population of LinkedIn) are (for a comprehensive infographic see: Mashable tag) :

  • Link
  • 1234
  • Work
  • God
  • Job
  • 12345
  • Angel
  • The
  • Ilove
  • Sex

The weaker the password, the faster it is being cracked. Imagine:

“A PC running a single AMD Radeon HD7970 GPU, for instance, can try on average an astounding 8.2 billion password combinations each second, depending on the algorithm used to scramble them.“ (source: Arstechnica)

The same applies for Mobile devices. How many of you don use any of the following:

  • 1234
  • 0000
  • 2580
  • 1111
  • 5555
  • 5683
  • 0852
  • 2222
  • 1212
  • 1998

By the way this is a list of the 10 most popular pin codes for iPhones (see: CIO Insight)

Using one of these pin codes opens your mobile phone  easily. And what is to be found behind your pin code? Access to

  • Facebook,Twitter, Linkedin?
  • Mobile banking?
  • Contact details and Email?
  • Data/information
  • Photographs and video?

Turing white already? Using an ancient key for accessing your mobile phone leaves your Identity, your finance, your history, your friends open for those that gain hold of your phone.

It is very comforting to rely on your ICT department. It is there for hugging when needed an it is there for kicking when angry. But is not this teddy bear that determines the passwords and pin codes you use. It is YOU and you only.





Over rmakker

Bedrijfskundige ICT-er, getrouwd, twee kinderen, ICT Manager met diverse professionele interesses zoals: Big Data, Security, Integraties, Management, Mensen
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