We all have them but we rarely give them much thought. Without passwords we would all be screwed, but until something goes wrong we rarely consider if ours are actually safe. From your mum’s birthday to the name of your first pet, we of course all at least try to make our passwords difficult to guess, however apparently some of us just aren’t trying hard enough.
Each year a company called SplashData releases the worst, most repeated passwords from more than 5 million passwords leaked in the last year, advising consumers to NOT use these passwords at all costs. The analysis found that a whopping 200,000 (or 4 percent) of passwords hacked last year were “123456.” Yes, I’m serious. According to the report, this password is the most likely password to be hacked and officially the worst password of 2016.
Making the list for 2016 were other bangers such as ‘password’, ‘football’ and ‘princess’. Interestingly, ‘1234567890’ was up there, most likely a result of people thinking that the additional ‘o’ might throw hackers off. Apparently, that tactic doesn’t work and it’s fairly easy for experts to crack these painfully standard passwords regardless of your attempts to vary it.
“Making minor modifications to an easily guessable password does not make it secure, and hackers will take advantage of these tendencies,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, Inc.
So what’s the best way to design a secure password? Apparently anything over eight characters is good and a combination of cases, letters and numbers will help to make it more difficult for hackers to access.
And if you currently use one of the below passwords, please I beg you, get a new password.