A report says that despite years of being told we should have strong and unique passwords, people are still using predictable patterns to secure access to their online lives.
A massive June 2016 Twitter hack suggests that it might be wise to take a course on internet security. The hack of almost 33 million users revealed that more than 120,000 of them used the foolishly simple “123456” as their passcodes. (Other popular passwords were “password,” “qwerty,” and “123456789.”)
“While it’s important for users to be aware of the risks, a sizeable minority are never going to take the time or effort to protect themselves,” said Keeper. “The bigger responsibility lies with website owners who fail to enforce the most basic password complexity policies.”
Top 25 most common passwords
How to choose a password??
- Don’t re-use passwords. One ultra-secure one won’t be any good if someone finds it
- While combining upper and lower case passwords with numbers to alter a memorable word – M4raD0na – is often advised, these are more easily cracked than you might think
- Good advice is to make a memorable, unusual sentence: “I am a 7-foot tall metal giant” is better than “My name is John”, and use the first letter of each word with punctuation: “Iaa7-ftmg”
- Alternatively, you can use a password manager such as 1Password, which can generate secure passwords and store them online
- The best way to protect yourself is to use two-factor authentication, which will send a text with a code or use an app to verify your log-in