Looking at the most commonly used passwords in the world brings tears to my eyes. How on earth could so many people be so simplistic? While there are so many talented hackers out there, it seems most hackers really wouldn’t have to do much to hack most of us. The 2016 password statistics released by Keeper show that 63% of data breaches are due to weak, default or stolen passwords. According to Keeper, 60% of people use one password for everything. Now that just sends shivers down my spine. Odds are the same people using one password for everything have the worst passwords!
Don’t use these passwords
These are the top 20 most used passwords of 2016 as released by Keeper password manager. By all means, do not use any of these.
My password is on the list, what should I do?
If any of the passwords you use appears on the above list then you run the risk of a data breach. The first port of call for accessing a person’s data is simply trying out any of the passwords about. Judging from the statistics shared by Keeper, chances are very high one can crack most of our gadgets and accounts. So, it’s time you changed your password right now. Do not waste another minute.
Protect your password
Here are a few tips to help you secure your devices and accounts;
- Mix it up
Use CAPS, lower cases, special characters (.,@#$%^&*(_+) and numbers
- Avoid meaning
Most people make the terrible mistake of using dictionary words, pet names, birthdays etc. Well, one word. Bad idea! That’s 2 words actually.
- Use 2 step verification
2 step verification is a relatively new form of security which involves a secondary authentication method over and above your password. Use it wherever possible.
- Use a password manager
A password manager generally manages your security keys in a safe and encrypted manner. All you need is to create and remember one very strong security key. There is an array of them and you should be able to find one that works well for you online.