By analyzing of 10 million passwords a Chicago-based security company has found that 17% of the accounts have the “123456” password. This six figure password hackers could crack in a few seconds.
Despite the high frequency of hacker attacks on Yahoo, LinkedIn and Tumblr, the most frequently-used passwords list hasn’t changed much compared to the previous researches.
The most popular passwords are the simple patterns on the keyboard. Also, passwords using numbers, especially sequences are widely used.
Here is a list of the worst passwords used by the users for safeguarding their accounts:
How to make your account more secure? First do not use any of the passwords above. Sophos, a cyber-security company, has proposed some great tips for how to create secure passwords:
- Secure password contains 10 or more characters including numbers, capitals and symbols
- Use a personal phrase that describes the site, but replace some of the characters with symbols or numbers like “mY5orit3$hirt’sR3d” (my favorite shirt is red)
- Password should be something that can be visualized because it’s easier to remember
- Don’t use number or letter patterns like 123, abc, etc
- Don’t use birthdays, addresses, name of friends or pets
- Do not store the passwords locally and also on the Internet