It is hard to believe, but “123456” still tops the list of most popular passwords in 2016, a Chicago based security firm has confirmed.
We’ll introduce you to the most popular, if very unsafe, passwords.
The passwords were analysed by Keeper who are a password management firm who carried out the research. “Looking at the list of 2016’s most common passwords, we couldn’t stop shaking our heads,” said Darren Guccione, co-founder and CEO of Keeper Security.
“123456” is the top of the list for popular passwords
Top of the leaderboard of the most popular English language passwords actually is “123456”. A six figure password that hackers could crack in a few seconds. Not much more creative is followed in second place by “123456789” as a password. Last year, similar research had placed “password” as second on the list but now it has fallen to eighth place. This makes it so easy for criminals to hack accounts and steal data.
But see for yourself, the most popular passwords:
If you find your own password on this list, you should quickly think about your password protection. Because all passwords, as well as all number combinations on this list are extremely unsafe. One thing is certain: these words and combinations do not protect sensitive data.
Website operators do not help
The results really perplexed the researchers who said that so many website operators were not enforcing password security best practices.
“We can criticise all we want about the chronic failure of users to employ strong passwords. After all, it’s in the user’s best interests to do so. But the bigger responsibility lies with website owners who fail to enforce the most basic password complexity policies.
If password security is a foreign word for internet users? It seems so. Perhaps, however, we are all just too trusting, and we are not aware of the constant danger of becoming victims of a hacker attack. There were so many hacker attacks this year, more than ever before. We should all be sensitised about the security of our data and accounts on the web.
And it is also easy to choose secure passwords. If you choose an arbitrary combination of numbers, letters and signs, you have already come a long way closer to the security of your accounts.
The two-factor authentication is a relatively new idea. Also called the “two-step verification”. In addition to the Log-In and the password, an additional one-time code is necessary, for example, to make online referrals. The one-time code is generated by means of SMS. It is valid only once for this transaction. Even if hackers have access to your account, this will not help them. Because they also need your smartphone to access your account.
In addition to the user name and password, there are other ways to secure online accounts. It is important that a different password is used for each online account. If you have a password for all accounts as a user, then it makes it easy for hackers. Because if they access one account, they have access to all your accounts.
Tips to creating secure passwords
- Make it something you can imagine. Much easier to remember like that.
- Use a password phrase and make it relevant. If you’re opening a clothing account, think “I love high heels” and write it something like this: 1l0veH1ghH33ls
- Make it more than 10 characters and include capitals, numbers and symbols
- Pets, businesses, family, friends, etc.
- Letter or number patterns: 1234, abcd, etc.
- birthdays, addresses, postal or post-codes, even if you add a number or symbol
- Use less than 10 characters
Secure passwords prevent data theft
Basically, if you use secure passwords, you are relatively safe against data theft. However, there is no absolute protection.