The key to our cybersecurity

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I’m Paula Santolaya, reporting live from SANTOLIVE in my virtual reality. Have comments, questions, or suggestions? Post them in the comments section or email me at info@santolive.com.

More than twenty-three million people have seen their online accounts hacked by using the code ‘123456’ or ‘password’. Many users still do not give importance to cybersecurity and always repeat the same passwords.

An investigation by the University of Cambridge has shown that an artificial intelligence can discover the password of a smartphone by processing the vibrations produced by the finger when touching the screen. According to the study, the microphone detects the vibration and transfers it to a software that registers the letters and numbers that are being pressed to unlock the phone or access a website.

“It’s tremendous that, out of almost 800 million accounts, only 22 have unique passwords. We apply the law of minimum effort to protect ourselves despite the fact that the internet sneaks into our homes unstoppably,” explains Francisca Morán, Corporate Director of IMFBusiness School. Therefore, it is recommended to use a credential manager login or two-factor authentication to protect our digital accounts.

The impact of the internet on daily life puts our privacy at risk and opens the door to cybercriminals. Users are vulnerable and governments must legislate to protect us from this threat.

If any reader wants to know if their email accounts have ever been threatened, they can enter this website: https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and act accordingly.

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