If the events of 2016 proved anything, it’s that online security is something that should be a concern to everyone. One easy way to ensure that none of your online accounts get hacked is to come up with a complicated, yet easy to remember, password.
This is not new advice, but according to data from password manager and digital vault company Keeper, too many computer users still don’t follow it. The company said it pored through some 10 million passwords that became public through data breaches last year and discovered several shocking password habits.
The first thing the company reported was how little effort many people seem to put into finding a secure, safe password.
Almost 17 percent of users used the password “123456” to safeguard their data. In second place came “123456789” in second place, while “qwerty” came in third.
Keeper also reported that researchers were surprised that so many website operators did not appear to be educating users and enforcing the best password security practices.
Which is more of a reason to be proactive and protect yourself.
Below is a list of the 25 most common passwords of 2016:
This list shows how very little effort or creativity computer users are putting into making passwords, which is slightly shocking, considering it’s from a year that saw a presidential election where computer security breaches played a huge role.
Keeper recommended a bit of advice for creating strong passwords. The first thing is to remember is to never use the same password and email combination for multiple websites.
Use letter and number combinations that only you understand. For example, use the first letter of each word in a favorite song, phrase or poem. Use those letters with numbers, perhaps dates, that you can easily remember.
Commercial password managers are another option to ensure passwords are unique. Many even come built in to web browsers and will remember them, so users don’t have to worry about keeping up with a list.
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