By Carlos Delgado
In the digital world we live in, where every aspect of your existence is accessible online, you would think people would adopt a more stringent password policy. Easily guessed passwords like “qwerty,” “abc123,” and “111111” making hacking into your online accounts abundantly easy for cyber crooks. And the king of all dumb passwords? That would be-yep-“password.”
But in in 2013, users finally took steps to improve their online security by relegating “password,” to number 2 status. Of course, we use the term “improve” in the loosest way possible. That’s because “password” was replaced by…
Well actually, it was replaced by “123456” but you get the point. It was a dumb password in 1987, and it’s a dumb password now.
SplashData, a leading provider of password management applications for over 10 years, compiled the list “from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online during the previous year.”
To better protect yourself, SplashData recommends using “passphrases — short words with spaces or other characters separating them. It’s best to use random words rather than common phrases. For example, ‘cakes years birthday’ or ‘smiles_light_skip?’ Also, try not to use the same password across multiple sites.
For more information on how to protect yourself and to see the complete list of dumb passwords, visit SplashData.com.