As more than half of banks (59%) anticipate growing financial losses due to fraud in the next three years, the verification of a user’s identity should be taking central stage in the cybersecurity strategies of financial institutions, Kaspersky Lab warns.
Today Kaspersky Lab presented a new version of its freemium solution Kaspersky Password Manager. It offers users remote access to their passwords via their personal page on the My Kaspersky portal, automatic security verification for entered passwords, voice control and other useful features.
Account security worries Internet users more than any other area of their online lives. According to a survey, 70% of respondents are aware of and concerned about account hacking – this is the highest ranking of all cyberthreats. The second and third biggest concerns are also account-related issues: password-stealing malware (69%) and risks to accounts with financial information (65%). When asked about the type of data that could be accessed by cybercriminals, users are also most concerned about their passwords (50%). Even private photos and videos are less important, with only 24% of respondents worried about these.
This concern is not unfounded: according to the same survey, 18% of users, i.e., almost one in five, experienced attempts by cybercriminals to hack their accounts during a 12-month period. Importantly, according to the victims themselves, accounts were most often hacked by simply guessing the password (40% of cases). This comes as no surprise, however, if you consider how many users today neglect to create strong passwords and fail to store them securely.
“User behavior is understandable – nowadays most of us have dozens of different accounts: email, social networking, banking, gaming, messaging and much more. It’s hard to create and memorize a strong password for each account. However, there are apps designed for such situations: they can generate strong passwords that are different for different services, store them securely, synchronize them on various devices and automatically enter them in forms on websites. The user needs to remember just one master password instead of dozens of different passwords. These apps secure your accounts and free up memory for other issues,” comments Elena Kharchenko, Head of Consumer Product Management, Kaspersky Lab.
Kaspersky Password Manager is one such solution. In addition to standard features, its updated version can import passwords from other similar solutions, generate strong passwords on PCs and Macs and automatically check passwords entered by users to determine whether they are secure. Users of the new Kaspersky Password Manager also get remote access to their passwords via their personal page on the My Kaspersky portal, in case the application cannot be installed or they need to enter a password on someone else’s device. Finding the necessary password is now easier than ever with voice control for Google Chrome.
All the new features are now available for PCs and Macs. In addition, users of the new MacBook Pro can now replace the master password with a fingerprint.
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