In my other life when I’m not flying in a tight economy class seat (or not so tight seat ala last weekend), I spend a lot of time with computers and users… including the joy of password resets
One of things that can be the bane of any system is people choosing weak or simple passwords.
We rely on passwords to access key information systems each day (be it airline booking engines, banking, online shopping, corporate information systems… the list goes on) and as such they need to be secure.
Keeper Security have released their list of top 25 passwords discovered in information system security breaches in 2016. I’m going to look at the top ten. Surprisingly – password is in at number 8.
So the top 10:
Data – Keeper Security
Keeper Security shook their heads a lot at this list:
Looking at the list of 2016’s most common passwords, we couldn’t stop shaking our heads. Nearly 17 percent of users are safeguarding their accounts with “123456.” What really perplexed us is that so many website operators are not enforcing password security best practices.
Most companies will make you use stronger passwords (for example, containing capital letters, numbers, symbols). Some will make you use long passwords – which can be a lot easier for the user as XKCD showed:
Image – XKCD #936 – Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License. (Just don’t try using this password on Dropbox).
So people… if you have one of the passwords above, or one in the top 25 – please consider changing it for your own security.
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