Do you know someone who’s account was hacked this past year? Perhaps it was you? With the sheer number of services notifying users of account compromises, there’s a good chance you or someone you know was hacked this past year. Poor passwords are often to blame.
Cybersecurity firm Keeper is out with their list of the most commonly used passwords in 2016 and the takeaway is that we are making it easy for hackers… According to Keeper, the most commonly used password used in 2016 was “123456.” The next most commonly used? The ever slightly more complex “123456789.” Does anyone else agree with me that if you are using either of these passwords to secure something you care about, you deserve whatever happens? OK, I kid, but seriously who thinks these are good passwords? Apparently over 17% of us do!
Here is the full listing of the 25 most commonly used passwords in 2016 according to Keeper (https://blog.keepersecurity.com/2017/01/13/most-common-passwords-of-2016-research-study/):
See any that look familiar? If so, I hope you take a few moments to pick something much more secure. I always suggest using a long string that mixes upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.
Choose a phrase that you won’t forget, such as “I proposed to my wife in Hawaii” and replace several characters with numbers or special characters. “1propos#d2myW!feinH4w4ii” would be pretty easy to remember after using it a few times and at 25 mixed characters, would be pretty challenging to brute force attack. Give it a shot and see what you can come up with!
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