You must have heard about the recent hacks of celebrity social media accounts, including those of Katy Perry and Mark Zuckerberg. These events have emphasized the importance of online privacy and the necessary steps to secure your accounts.
Every year, the security solutions provider SplashData analyzes and determines the commonly used passwords on the internet.
Here is the list of the worst passwords of 2016. As you can see clearly, ‘123456’ and ‘password’ seem to be timeless options when the need for a password arises.
The CEO of SplashData Morgan Slain said,
Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are, any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences.
As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure.
Addressing the issue of password strength, many websites specially banking sites have made it compulsory to create your password using combination of letters, numbers and special characters.
There are many password generators that will assist you to create strong passwords and keep your online accounts safe from hackers. So if you have a password from one of the above list, change it immediately and create a strong password.