Do you pass the password test?

In a world where transactions and interactions are completed more and more online, criminals are evolving too. Cybercrime is an ever-increasing threat, yet it seems that some of us leave the keys to our online accounts dangling in the digital door.

Recently, SplashData (the team behind lauded password management tool SplashID) has published their fifth annual ‘25 worst passwords’ list. And they’re pretty bad.

The list ranks the most commonly-used passwords, from a sample of 2 million that were leaked during 2015. Incredibly, ‘123456’ and ‘password’ are the top two offenders. That’s right – people actually use those as passwords. Some folks have attempted to beef up their security by using a longer password. After all, a longer password is harder to crack, right? Well usually yes, but not when it’s ‘1234567890’ (a new entry at 12).

Some have tried to get creative, but failed; ‘1qaz2wsx’ (a new entry at number 15) looks pretty random at first glance, but if you type it out on a keyboard, you start to understand why it might not be the most novel password after all.

To make your password as safe as possible, here are a few tips:

  • Try to use a password of 12 characters or more
  • Use a combination of letters (both upper and lower case), numbers and symbols
  • Don’t use the same password on different sites
  • Don’t use combinations or words that are easy to guess
  • The word ‘password’ is NOT a good password. Ever.

Once you’ve sorted out your passwords and got them all nice and secure, the next step is to keep them that way. Be vigilant to protect yourself against phishing scams – click HERE for some tips on what to watch out for.