123456 Still Most Common Password – Are You Safe?
How sad is it to think that in this day of modern technology that people still come up with such simplistic passwords?
According to a new study SplashData '123456' was the most popular password in 2013. The company analyzed several million stolen passwords that were posted online in 2013 to compile their list of the worst ones to use.
Surprisingly people still use very simple number combinations and even the word 'password' as their security key. Here now are the top 10:
- password (was #1 last year)
- 123456789 (new to the list)
As you can see, really easy to have your password stolen when it's so simple. The company offered up some helpful hints to those not creative enough to come up with something better than what's in the top 10:
Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites. Use different passwords for each new website or service you sign up for
Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters
One way to create more secure passwords that are easy to recall is to use passphrases -- short words with spaces or other characters separating them. It's best to use random words rather than common phrases. For example, "cakes years birthday" or "smiles_light_skip?