Everywhere you go, you hear about the importance of good password policies in the workplace, and how important it is to properly protect your personal information and accounts with strong, difficult to guess passwords. Sometimes it may even feel as though you are expected to be Rain Man, remembering long sequences of numbers, letters, and characters that you are told are necessary to keep intruders at bay, but despite the endless warnings, just how many people are listening? Is the general public really taking the issue of cybersecurity seriously enough?
The answer: not nearly enough. Commonly used passwords and poor password practices are still incredibly common, but recently, we have seen some blips on the radar signifying that the world might be catching on, and starting to look more closely at password habits.
Recently, a password-management application provider released the fifth edition of their annual “Worst Passwords List”. This list highlights the poor password habits of internet users, and if any of your passwords are listed below, even in some variation, then you need to change your password now!
As unbelievable as it may seem, the weakest and most commonly used passwords are “123456” and the ever-popular “password”. Regardless of the endless warnings and very public calls for action, people still insist on using these dangerous options, leaving one to wonder if they simply don’t care about their security online, or somehow have managed to avoid all of the attempted education thus far.
Take a look at this list of common yet risky passwords. And by all means, if you see any of yours on there, stop what you’re doing and change them now!
The list is compiled using over 2 million leaked passwords over the last year, and the information shows us some interesting trends. Let’s take a closer look at these trends to shed even more insight into the issue of passwords:
Tips for More Secure Passwords
When creating passwords, it can be tricky to find that perfect balance between safe and secure, without making it too difficult to remember so you aren’t forever locking yourself out of your accounts. Take a look at these handy tips for making stronger passwords:
It is important to remember a password is the only thing standing between attackers and your personal information. Passwords is one area where a little extra care goes a very long way.
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