By: Trey Sikes
Each year, there are hundreds of data breaches across the country and around the world. In 2016, more than 10 million passwords became available through these breaches. While breaches are an unfortunate part of our world today, the important lessons they teach us can help us better secure our data in the future.
The team at Keepersecurity.com was able to analyze the 10 million passwords that became available to the public on the Internet during 2016 through these data breaches. (Click on the link to learn more about what you should do if your password is on the list.) The 25 most common passwords are listed below. Do you recognize the patterns in the passwords? So do hackers. If you use any of these, your accounts are not nearly as secure as they could be. If you are using the top password on the list, there is a 17% chance that I can guess your password in just one try.
Generally, passwords should be a minimum of eight characters in length with upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and a special character. Look for my next blog post, which will have important information about how to create a “passphrase,” which is stronger than a typical password and is usually easier to remember. With over half of the 10 million passwords being one of the 25 on the list, chances are this is information you will need to secure your accounts!
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