After the issues created by the password leaks of Adobe, linkedin, last fm and eHarmony, it is like everyone around the web has started to talk about the importance of Internet Security.
Although every website around the cyberspace provides a fair warning on creating the weak easily guessable passwords, people tend to repeat the same mistake again and again. This fact is clearly revealed by the annual lists of most common passwords and therefore worst passwords list compiled by SplashData (password security management apps producing company).
Despite of the strong security polices imposed by various websites, shockingly many numbers of short numerical passwords like “1234”,”12345” ,“00000”, ”11111” have appeared as the new comers.
According to splash data, this year list is compiled based on the well publicized adobe password hacks list and from the files containing millions and millions of hacked passwords posted online.
If you haven’t heard about the Adobe security breach yet, here is a bit of info for you.
Last year, Adobe has confirmed that hackers have snatched the passwords and identity of more than 38 million users. Unfortunately, so many customers had authentic data like credit card information attached to their accounts too. Though, it’s a relief that adobe security system stores data in the encrypted format, there is no guarantee that these data will go completely crap for the hackers.
Top 100 hacked passwords published by Adobe include the application oriented passwords like “Photoshop”, “Adobe123” etc. “iloveyou”, “qwerty”, “abc123” are some of the other most frequently used phrases found in the Adobe list.
Seeing passwords like ‘adobe123’ and ‘photoshop’ on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing,” says Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData.
Now check out the list of top 25 most common passwords 2013. Go on and change it If you found yours as one of them.
Top 25 Most Common Passwords of 2012
Top 25 Most Common Passwords of 2011
Tips to create more secure passwords
To protect yourself from the potential hackers splash data suggest the following.
- Common words, phrases and short strings of digits are extremely vulnerable for hackers.
- Always create passwords with the mix of special characters, numeric characters, Upper case, lower case letters with random punctuations. Never create passwords with the substitutions like “r5m5m2er”. With the cutting edge technology hackers can easily predict these things.
- One of the effective ways to create passwords are using the random combinations like “[email protected]”. If you want to create re-callable passwords use passphrases. i.e., Use short words and separate them with spaces or other characters. Anyhow, its better use the random passwords rather using the most common phrases like “live love smile”.
- As you have seen from the most common passwords list, usage of numbering sequences like 1-2-3-4 gives an open invite the hackers. Never keep your birth date, month or your real name as your passwords
- Never keep the same username and password combinations for all the websites you sign up. Use long as well as unique password in every new sign up. Never keep your social media site passwords to your financial accounts and other sensitive logins. Social media account passwords are increasingly snatched by the hackers.
- If you find difficulties in remembering the random passwords, use a password manager app or consider adopting an alternative biometric product.
- When you use password manager app to store passwords, apart from protecting your passwords, it will help you sign into websites automatically. There are many number of password manager programs are available in the market. Choose the one that is more secure, robust and reliable.