And those are just the big ones. Data from Statista shows that 1.24 million breaches occurred in the United States alone in 2018.

This compromised data usually ends up on the dark web, where it is sold on to cybercriminals who use these login details to carry out credential stuffing attacks in an attempt to gain access to unsecured user accounts.

We’ve all heard the advice – don’t use the same password for two services; don’t use simple or frequently used passwords; use special characters and numbers. Yet, according to the National Cyber Security Centre, this advice continues to fall on deaf ears – 3.6 million people use “password” as a password, while 23.2 million opt for “123456”. Read more..