According to a study of 10 million disclosed passwords, it appears that the most common password is “123456!”
During 2016, several companies reported that their systems were violated leading to peoples login details being exposed online.
Security firm Keeper, used this opportunity to study the most common password and found that it was used by 17% of the population. In second place came “123456789” and in third place was “qwerty.” Other popular passwords included “111111” and “12345678.”
Researchers were shocked at the simplicity of the passwords that people were using to secure the most sensitive information about themselves and their families. They also noticed that four out of the top 10 passwords on the list were six characters or less. They found this information shocking, as there is software capable of unscrambling such passwords in seconds. “We blame the websites that are approving such passwords.”
Keeper also says that it appears that people are simply choosing to ignore the advice that is continuously being given about implementing good security practices.
“The popular passwords appear to have stayed the same for the last few years, even when word gets out that security has been compromised they are still not changing them. This is an indication that users are don’t seem to care too much about their protection, if not then the job needs to be done by website operators and IT administrators,” says Keeper.
Long passwords are more difficult to remember, but that is no excuse to use a password such as “123456.” Using strong and different passwords for each website is the safest option recommends security experts. If necessary, store passwords in a password app, that way if one password is compromised at least other accounts are still safe.
Security experts also recommend activating two factor authentication as much as possible, this way even if someone does get hold of your password they won’t be able to access your account unless they have your phone.
The majority of people are going to get their accounts hacked into at some point. However, the best way to avoid this is to have a strong password and change it continuously.
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