Are Your Passwords Strong?

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:33pm

SplashData, a provider of password management applications, recently released its annual list of worst passwords. The rankings are based mainly on passwords used in the United States and Western Europe.

The top ten “Worst Passwords of 2014” are: 
1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345
4. 12345678
5. qwerty
6. 1234567890
7. 1234
8. baseball
9. dragon
10. football

SplashData’s findings reveal that people continually put their secure information at risk by using weak and easily guessed passwords. 

To potentially increase the security of your information, the following are not suggested when creating passwords: 

  • Simple numerical passwords 
  • Passwords generated from patterns on your keyboard
  • A sport
  • Your birthday or your birth year
  • Typical baby names
  • Swear words and phrases, hobbies, famous athletes, car brands, and film names.​

Here are three tips for creating passwords: 

  1. Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters. 
  2. Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites. 
  3. Use a password manager to organize and protect passwords, generate random passwords, and automatically log into websites.

Your interest is our interest. We take Internet security seriously and hope you’ll find this information useful and remain protected from fraudulent activity. 

 

""123456" Maintains the Top Spot on SplashData's Annual "Worst Passwords" List." PRWeb. 18 Feb. 2015.