T’s the season to be hacked!

SplashData which is a password management company has published its seventh Worst Passwords report for 2017

A high percentage of passwords that make it to the annual top 25 worst passwords continue to be used world worldwide, year in and year out with devastating consequences for those who do not heed the advise to come up with strong online passwords, this year, eleven new passwords have become part of the 25worst passwords.

Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData INC says hackers know that most tend to use common terms from pop culture and sports as their passwords simply because such passwords are easy to remember, unfortunately easy to remember passwords are vulnerable to hackers who break into accounts

Despite the documentation of the risks that come with weak easy to remember passwords, most people and companies continue to ignore the importance of coming up with strong and fairly unique passwords, the pass two years have been bad for data security, with of records being stolen.

SplashData advices the following:

1-Use pass-phrases of twelve characters or more with mixed types of characters including upper and lower cases.

2- Use a different password for each of your websites logins, If a hacker gets your password they will try it to access other sites

3- Protect your assets and personal identity by using a password manager to organize passwords, generate secure random passwords, and automatically log into websites

THE TOP 25 passwords of 2017 are:

  1. 123456
  2. Password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. letmein
  8. football
  9. iloveyou
  10. admin
  11. welcome
  12. monkey
  13. login
  14. abc123
  15. starwars
  16. 123123
  17. dragon
  18. passw0rd
  19. master
  20. freedom
  21. whatever
  22. qazwsx
  23. trustno1