Do you think you have a strong password? Check if it's on the list of the worst ones

When it comes to data protection, weak passwords have proven to be a big problem

Do you think you have a strong password? Check if it's on the list of the worst ones

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After the biggest user data theft ever occurred last winter in which 3.2 billion email addresses and passwords were revealed, IBM warned that four out of five incidents were related to weak or stolen passwords.

A weak password is short, common, a system default, or something that could be rapidly guessed by executing a brute force attack using a subset of all possible passwords, such as words in the dictionary, proper names, words based on the user name, or common variations on these themes.

Amidst the pandemic of cyberattacks, it is certainly good to change the way we treat online security, but constantly inventing and remembering new passwords can be very tiring.

This is evidenced by the list of the worst passwords from 2020, which included: 

  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • picture1
  • password
  • 12345678
  • 111111
  • 123123
  • 12345
  • 1234567890

A strong password, experts repeat, should consist of a combination of letters and numbers, in no case should it be the same for different destinations, and it should by no means be an easy-to-remember phrase. 

Also, the password should be longer than eight characters and consist of special characters and numbers. 

By: Helen B.