Worst/ Most Common Passwords For The Last 5 Years
When protecting usernames so people cannot access personal files its seems self explanatory that using a password that is hard to figure out is the way forward in order to protect yourself. ‘Splashdata’ have made a list of the most common passwords and if you spot one of yours on there it might be a good idea to change it, the top 5 most common passwords of 2015/2016 include: 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty and 12345. Other surprisingly common ones include the word ‘football’ achieving a ranking of 7 on the list, ‘baseball’ at number 10 and at number 25 was ‘starwars’.
In order to have the most secure password possible, but one you will remember, a tip would be to include one lower case and uppercase lettering, a number or two, a symbol such as ‘@’ and finally ambiguous characters like ‘<’ another word of advice would be try to use a minimum of 8 characters.
What to avoid:
To create the ultimate password to prevent hacking avoid these common errors:
- Do not use the same password for multiple important accounts.
- Do not use the names of your families, friends or pets in your password.
- Do not use any dictionary word in your passwords.
- Do not let your Web browsers (FireFox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE) store your passwords, since all passwords saved in Web browsers can be revealed easily.
- Do not use postcodes, house numbers, phone numbers, birthdays, ID card numbers, social security numbers, and so on in your password.
The experts would also recommend that you to change the password every 10 or fewer weeks and to create a master password where you can store all other passwords in a plain text file and encrypt this data again to secure a stronger method of protection.