May 22, 2015 12:43
Internet users in Korea are notoriously more exposed to security risks than their counterparts in other countries, partly because their password hints are too easy to guess, Google analysis released Thursday shows.
The search giant analyzed security questions selected by the users around the world to help them when they forget the password.
According to the analysis, a majority of Korean users selected too-easy-to-guess questions like "the city where you were born" and "what's your favorite food." If a hacker tries 10 times to crack the password, their chances of guessing the right answer are 39 percent and 43 percent.
If "Seoul" is the answer to the birthplace question, the question is no more secure than the password "1234."
In English-speaking countries, favorite food questions also topped the list, with "pizza" being the most likely answer. A hacker has a 19.7 percent chance of cracking the password in a single try.
The best way to prevent hacking is making the password hint and answer more complicated. For example, for the favorite color question it is better to give a more nuanced answer like "dark red" or "emerald green.
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