ATTENTION! If any of your passwords are "123456," you may want to change them as quickly as you can type. Keeper Security's annual list of the 25 most common passwords is out.The security firm says it compiled the list after analyzing ten million passwords compromised in data breaches in 2016. It's important to note that the top 25 passwords make up 50-percent of the more than ten million passwords. Keeper reports n early 17-percent of users are protecting their accounts with "123456."
The most common passwords
Click here to see the rest of the list that Keeper says hasn't changed much over the years. Moment of truth... did you find any of your passwords on the list? If so, you're obviously at risk. Network World found it only takes .25 milliseconds to hack any password found in the top ten.
How to protect your accounts
- Use a 13-character minimum string of different characters
- Uppercase, lowercase, numerical, and special characters
- Avoid names, places, dictionary terms, birthdays, and phone numbers
- Use a passphrase
- Use a password manager
- Avoid using the same password for all of your accounts
- Change your password periodically
Who's at fault? Keeper is placing blame on IT administrators and website operators, calling them "reckless" and "lazy." Notice that four of the top ten passwords are six characters or less. "We can criticize all we want about the chronic failure of users to employ strong passwords," Darren Guccione, CEO and co-founder of Keeper Security told ZDNet. "After all, it's in the users' best interests to do so. But the bigger responsibility lies with website owners who fail to enforce the most basic password complexity policies. It isn't hard to do, but the list makes it clear that many still don't bother."
Have you changed your password yet? What are you waiting for? Leave a comment below with other tips and tricks on selecting a secure password.