What were 2018’s Most Commonly Used Passwords?

The Web has made life more convenient for most people. It’s possible to bank on the internet, check out results of medical tests, have access to your email from any location, among endless other activities which all are protected by one thing: a password. And, for almost 3% of online users, cracking a password is as simple as stringing 6 consecutive numbers together.

For the 8th year, SplashData assessed over five million passwords which were leaked online to discover the most commonly utilized passwords.

Here, we list the top ten:

  • Iloveyou
  • Qwerty
  • Sunshine
  • 1234567
  • 111111
  • 12345
  • 12345678
  • 123456789
  • Password
  • 123456

You can see the complete list here.

Did you see one of your passwords listed? If so, then it is time to consider a stronger measure of security.

How Is it Possible to Create A Stronger Password?

Typically, the most secure passwords have lower and upper-case letters, numerals, and one symbol. While those combinations may be more challenging to recall, they are also more difficult for hackers to crack.

Further Protecting a Password

Making a stronger password is just half the battle – there are additional steps to take to keep a password secure.

First, choose 2-step verification when you can. With that method, the program you’re accessing is going to send a verification code to either your email address or cell phone that you must input before you log in. So long as your email address and phone are secure, it’ll prevent hackers from having access to your account.

One other great idea includes using a different password for each account. The more passwords you use, the more protected your information is. Although it is challenging to recall password after password, there are an abundance of available password managers which will store all of your passwords for you – just ensure the password manager is more secure than that post-it note that is stuck to your desk.

Finally, be certain that you keep the password secret. No matter how solid the password is, if another person knows your code, you’re possibly at risk. You also should just enter the password into secure sites – search for “HTTPS” prefacing the website’s URL.

Keep in mind, it only could take a single weak password for a hacker to access your whole network. Contact TSI today to make sure your business is protected.

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