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Are you a hacker’s dream? Top passwords to avoid

6 July 2018

We know, managing passwords can be a pain, but if you’re using one or more of these passwords… STOP NOW! Change your passwords to something more secure to avoid your accounts being accessed by hackers.

Have I Been Pwned has a list of millions of passwords that have been exposed in data breaches. Here’s the top 30 passwords, ranked by the number of times they were exposed:

 

1. 123456
2. 123456789
3. qwerty
4. password
5. 111111
6. 12345678
7. abc123
8. password1
9. 1234567
10. 12345
11. 1234567890
12. 123123
13. 000000
14. iloveyou
15. 1234
16. 1q2w3e4r5t
17. qwertyuiop
18. 123
19. monkey
20. 123456a
21. dragon
22. 123321
23. 654321
24. 666666
25. homelesspa
26. 1qaz2wsx
27. myspace1
28. 121212
29. 123qwe
30. a123456

 

Are you a hacker’s dream?

If you use very simple passwords (easy to guess) or reuse passwords across different platforms and services, you’re a hacker’s dream.

Some hackers use automated software that’s capable of guessing 350 billion passwords a second!

 

Be password smart

Here’s a few dos and don’ts for smarter password management.

DO

  1. Create strong passwords. The longer the password the stronger it is.
  2. Use unique passwords.
  3. Have a mix of letters, numbers and symbols in a password.
  4. Use a password manager, like LastPass, Dashlane, RoboForm and StickyPassword (some passwords services are free to use).
  5. Use two-factor authentication where possible. It provides another layer of security on your accounts.
  6. Regularly change your passwords. Good practice is every three months.

DON’T

  1. Use passwords like the ones on the list above!
  2. Use personal information and repeated characters in passwords.
  3. Have a single word as a password.
  4. Use the same password for multiple accounts, services or websites.
  5. Give out your passwords. (Ever!)
  6. List your passwords in your computer or mobile phone, especially not in a document or note called ‘passwords’! If you have too many passwords and struggle to remember, use a password manager program (see point #4 above on the DO list!).

Do you keep your house keys secure? Of course you do! So do the same (and more) for your passwords… especially as they protect much more than just your household goods!

While we’re on the topic of security, you might be interested in finding out what data Google has collected about you.

 

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