Data security has always been an issue we have all been worrying about. Not necessarily because we had something important to hide or protect, but because privacy is a senzitive matter for every human being. The invasion of it will always be unpleasant and it would leave you with the bitter feeling of your data having been violated.
Violation of cyber data can also happen at a higher level where uber important information can be compromised and it can lead to cyber wars between nations. Most recent example is the Sony cyber attack, were hackers, believed to be North Korean, broke into the company’s personal servers and released their private information online.
This and many other factors pushed state officials to start take this more seriously and develop an improved and safer method of protecting cyber data, whether it is for civilian’s data protection or at a higher level.
New technology and new models of devices come with different options for data protection, but what really matters is how thoughtful we choose our passwords.
Even though people have been advised constantly to improve their security codes, statistics show that every year same passwords appear over and over again. This might prove people are too comfortable to work more on it.
SplashData, a leading provider of online security means, has released their annual list which contains the 25 most popular and most used passwords on the web, of the last year. If someone is to be guilty of having one of these passwords should immediately change it and come up with a stronger and more original password for protecting your personal data.
These passwords are so common because they contain simple patterns on everyone’s keyboard, and they are most handy, despite being weak, said CEO of SplashData, Morgan Slain. People should learn to avoid numeric passwords, especially chronological orders. For example “123456” has been all over the place and so was the password using the word “password”. More and more websites are requesting for stronger words or letters mixed with numbers and punctuation signs, but this just leads to longer key board patterns to become more popular, but their security is still low.
When deciding a password it should have minimum eight characters and should contain a combination of letters numbers and symbols. Avoid the use of keyboard patters, popular words or worst, your address or birth date. Try not to use the same password for every account you own, as if one would be broken into so would be the rest.
Below you can see the list released by Splash Data, of the weakest and most common passwords on the internet used in 2014.
8. baseball (New to top 25)
9. dragon (New to top 25)
10. football (New to top 25)
16. mustang (New to top 25)
17. access (New to top 25)
19. master (New to top 25)
20. michael (New to top 25)
21. superman (New to top 25)
22. 696969 (New to top 25)
24. batman (New to top 25)
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