The most popular password of 2015 was unbelievably 123456. With all of the attention cyber incidents are getting in the media you would have thought that people would have learnt their lesson when it comes to passwords by now.
A list of millions of stolen passwords released to the public over the past year just shows that there is still a lot of work to do to raise cyber awareness. The list was released by SplashData who takes the passwords from database dumps, surveys and other sources. It then sorts them in order of popularity. Incredibly the top 10 most popular are the sorts of the passwords that no one should ever use…ever.
Top ten passwords
The top ten passwords were as follows;
2. password (yep, this is still being used by millions of people),
3. 12345678 (making the password up to eight characters makes little difference if it’s this!),
5. 12345 (starting to see a pattern here…sigh)
8. 1234 (a hacker could break this within a nanosecond)
Other useless passwords that made it onto the list were login, welcome and passw0rd.
Strong passwords are vital to cyber security, as they are often the first things a hacker will attempt to crack in order to gain access into someone’s private information. Everything from social media to bank accounts use password protection.
Fly-by attacks are very common, meaning that attackers launch basic password attacks across hundreds of websites and usernames to see if they might strike lucky. By ensuring that you use tough to crack passwords a hacker may give up on their access attempt and move onto easier prey.
Business leaders should sign up to and take PGI Cyber’s Cyber Security Awareness Course (CSA) which provides a comprehensive syllabus for protecting your own and your businesses online identity. For more information click here.
If your password is one of those on the list then there’s a very good chance that you’ve been hacked already or your luck might soon run out.
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