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Many users still use inappropriate password to access their online accounts today.
This is evidenced by a list recently released by SplashData and includes the worst-in-use passwords used in 2017. The data was based on research into more than five million passwords from user accounts that fell victim to cybercriminals.
The first 30 places in the list include 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty, football, iloveyou, admin, welcome, login, abc123, starwars, master, hello, 654321, harley and others. These passwords are very simple and can easily be guessed by an aspiring hacker. For this reason, they are included along with other popular passwords in databases kept by cybercriminals for password-cracking.
The good news is that passwords can be secure and with the right steps a strong password can easily be created. First of all, with a trusted password manager application, each user can have a program that not only stores passwords but can also create a complex password at the same time.
For their part, sites should also be better shielded to ensure that sensitive information is protected. At the same time, they should be tougher in choosing the codes that users enter by rejecting frequently used or exposed data breaches, or at least alerting users when it comes to a potentially unsafe password.
Finally, dual factor authentication (2FA) can be life-saving as it is much safer than passwords. Dual factor authentication requires an extra random password or SMS along with the password, so even if a password falls into the wrong hands, an account can not be easily broken. Twitter, Google, LinkedIn and Dropbox, as well as many other online services now offer dual factor certification as an optional additional security measure.
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