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How weak are your passwords?
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How weak are your passwords? 

In 2016, a year that we’ve seen a huge amount of cyber-attacks, it is still baffling to experts to see people use passwords like “123456”, “qwerty” and “123123” during the course of last year.

According to Keeper, a password manager software, they sifted through 10 million passwords from data breaches that happened in 2016 and found that 50 per cent, that is one out of every two people use the top 25 most common passwords, while almost one in five using “123456” as their security code. 

The list for 2016 is more concerning than the list that was released in 2015, which showed that the most common passwords were “starwars”, “monkey” and “football”. That reveals that most of us use passwords of things that are trending at the time we need to change or set a new password.

Darren Guccione, Co-founder and CEO of Keeper Security, wrote in his blog post that even though it is in the user’s best interest to set strong passwords, “the bigger responsibility lies with website owners who fail to enforce the most basic password complexity policies.” 

Some of the most common passwords being used are:

1. 123456
2. 123456789
3. qwerty
4. 12345678
5. 111111
6. 1234567890
7. 1234567
8. password
9. 123123
10. 987654321
11. qwertyuiop
12. mynoob
13. 123321
14. 666666
15. 18atcskd2w
16. 7777777
17. 1q2w3e4r
18. 654321
19. 555555
20. 3rjs1la7qe
21. google
22. 1q2w3e4r5t
23. 123qwe
24. zxcvbnm
25. 1q2w3e

Aside from this list, experts have pointed out that people set passwords based on their personal information, like name, age, birthday, and street address.

If you are guilty of this, it is highly recommended that you avoid using a string of letters or numbers and instead use a variation of numbers, letters, symbols and upper and lower cases in your passwords. A good tool that some of my colleagues use is Correct Horse Staple Battery, a website that offers a secure password generator. It gives easy to remember passwords that are yet strong. Give it a try: http://correcthorsebatterystaple.net/ 

Source: Keeper 

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