Getting ready to create a password? It is time to consider what is being labeled as the worst possible passwords for any individual to select. No heavy hacking or phishing skills are needed to bypass these specific passwords. In addition, if one did not think it possible, “password” itself is no longer the worst password for selection. Confused yet? Instead see what is now officially the worst password.
That was not a countup. A California based company named Splash Data manages data and determines security factors and a huge surprise was discovered. Millions of individuals were using “123456” sans quotes to illustrate a means of security. Of course, this could be possible that many testing sites would use the lame password for training purposes. The newest bad kid on the block knocked down 2012’s worst password ever, known as “password.”
What are some other dandies that made the list for Splash Data? Be sure to grab a pen and paper and jot down what not to do when creating an account. In addition to picking a complex password, users should never, emphasize never, use the same password for several platforms of access. Never use a PIN code from a debit card for other password information, such as to credit card accounts. Typically, individuals will use their Facebook account passwords for their e-mail accounts, Twitter, Instagram – basically a very bad idea. Someone can work their way into an individual’s life and ruin it within seconds.
Atop of securing passwords with various choices and complexities, aim for privacy settings that turn off global views. Much too often, security firms report seeing information – including cities, pictures, date of birth easily accessible to over several hundred million people. Take the high road, access settings and be sure to friend only those known. See what else made the list – also opt out of variations of the list as well, that will not work.
- 123456 – adding another digit to this consecutive mess will not deter a hacker.
- iloveyou – switching to iluvu, iheartyou, etc. is also a bad idea.
- sunshine – no adding numerals after this. Think complex.
- princess – yes perhaps keep a mirror nearby and write the easily accessed password there, but never to secure personal items.
- qwerty – really?
- letmein – this is an obvious response to the millions who continually forget their passwords and in frustration develop this backup.
- trustno1 – agreed, although a hacker could very well trust one enough to leave this password available.
- 000000 – consecutive numbers only lead to bad news, especially when used across several platforms of personal information.
There are plenty more available for review on the Splash Data site (see link at the end of article). How can one protect their identity and more importantly, their personal information? No concept or tactic is ever 100 percent fool-proof. Hackers, crackers and cyber-criminals thrive on the data vulnerability and level of access. An individual can provide a level of armor to deter or lower their chances of becoming a target.
Complex passwords include capital letters, lower case, letters and punctuation. Do not store passwords on a cell phone, or any mobile device that may have the chance of being accessed from external parties. Instead store the passwords with other important information – such as birth certificates, social security and money. That is how important passwords are. Consider safety factors, first and foremost. “Password” may no longer be the worst password, but seeing what is only shows users that complexity is key.
Splash Data Password List