Getting password for your phones, devices, online transactions send every other thing is to say the least a simple activity, especially when you use simple letters and numbers.
Do you however know that some of the digital passwords you are using are so common that millions of people the world over are using them? Do you know that using such passwords also increases the odds of you being hacked?
If you thought ‘qwerty’ was clever, it’s not. If you’re like most people, just the thought of a reminder to change your password brings a frown to your face.
Furthermore, like most people, you may choose a mash-up of your children’s names, your favorite colour plus a few extra numbers at the end and if you are like 20 percent of people the world over, it’s “123456.”
A recent study of 10 million leaked passwords by computer security firm Keeper identified the most common passwords of 2016. Surprisingly, the top 25 passwords on the list accounted for 50 percent of all 10 million that were analyzed.
In a report that offered little surprises, the list brings to the fore a stunning display of laziness when it comes to choosing passwords. Here they are:
So, the simple truth is a lot of people the world over are safeguarding their accounts with passwords they derived by swiping their hand across the keyboard.
And while you most likely already know the importance of creating strong passwords, it is essential to reiterate the fact that you can do better.
Try using special characters and letters that will be hard to remember for anyone. After all, you don’t want to fall victims of hackers and crime syndicates.