A new list of the worst passwords has just been revealed and it could be time to switch things up.
Remembering passwords can be a real headache especially if you use lots of different online accounts. To help ease the pain, many of us fall into the trap of having the same code for numerous services along with using simple passwords that can’t be forgotten. Sadly, not paying attention to how secure things are could leave you at serious risk of being hacked. In fact, the latest research from the team at Red9 suggests some online passwords are so weak they can be cracked almost instantly.
So what are the worst codes and are you using one of them?
Red9 says the most common password found in data breaches is 123456. Yes, despite all of the warnings many of us are still using that ludicrously simple set of numbers.
“According to brute force calculators, this simple numerical password can be cracked almost instantly – which is extremely worrying for the millions of users who continue to use this password,” Red9 explained.
Other things you really want to avoid are “qwerty”, “password”, “111111” and “1q2w3e” which all feature in the top 10.
Here is the full list of bad passwords – if yours is featured below you are urged to make some changes as soon as possible.
1 – 123456
2 – 123456789
3 – qwerty
4 – password
6 – 111111
7 – qwerty123
8 – 1q2w3e
9 – 1234567
10 – 1234567890
Interestingly, passwords with six characters seem to be the most popular and easiest to hack. It’s a good idea to use codes that are random rather than being something like your favourite football team or birthday. Captial letters, symbols and a mix of numbers can also help make things far more secure.
Speaking about the latest research Mark Varnas, Founder of Red9 said: “The findings highlight the importance of heightened awareness regarding password security, as certain commonly used passwords continue to pose significant vulnerabilities. In light of these findings, users are strongly encouraged to adopt more robust password practices to enhance their digital security.”
“Employing a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters, and avoiding easily guessable information such as names and birthdays, can significantly bolster the resilience of passwords against unauthorized access.
“Regularly updating passwords and refraining from using identical ones across multiple accounts, further fortifies your defence against potential security threats.”