A study published last December by SplashData found that nearly 5 million passwords were compromised last year by various hacks, and some of these compromised passwords were woefully inadequate in terms of complexity.
Compromised passwords are still one of the top ways in which data is lost, emails are compromised, and how consumers lose data. Many consumers are still using some of the old bad passwords that have time and again been listed as some of the worst combinations to use for their online accounts.
Here’s a list of the top 25 most compromised passwords from 2018:
As Managed IT Service providers, we’ve seen our share of terrible passwords, and that’s why we know how imperative it is to take your online security seriously. Hackers don’t have to rely on sophisticated methods or tools to compromise an account; in most cases, they will try brutally forcing their way into an account by guessing a password like the ones listed above. Make it harder on their lives by using a password that is not so easy to simply guess.
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Hackers and other cybercriminals may use your login information to access other sites that use the same credentials. This is why it’s important to, at the very least, use a unique password to protect sensitive data, like financial accounts and medical records.
Despite the inefficiencies presented by using passwords as a security protocol, their use to protect account data isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We recommend following the advice below to keep your accounts secure in 2019 and beyond.
Managing all of your online accounts and passwords can be a difficult task to accomplish, but it’s key to keeping your data secure. Following our recommendations above and using data safe-guards will protect your identity and information in the future. If you’re interested in learning more about keeping your data safe and secure, you can contact us today!