Security plays a big part in our business, and we regularly blog about security breaches. One of the most common ways people put their IT security at risk is through insecure passwords.

password best practiceResearchers SplashData looked at over 2 million passwords that had been leaked and made publicly available to come up with a “Worst Passwords List”. This list highlights the insecure passwords of people are using and which are easy to both guess or crack.

Is Your Password on the List?

Here are the most common 25 passwords people use. If yours is on the list, change it immediately and remember to never reuse the same password in multiple places.

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. football
  8. 1234
  9. 1234567
  10. baseball
  11. welcome
  12. 1234567890
  13. abc123
  14. 111111
  15. 1qaz2wsx
  16. dragon
  17. master
  18. monkey
  19. letmein
  20. login
  21. princess
  22. qwertyuiop
  23. solo
  24. passw0rd
  25. starwars

How to Choose a Secure Password

Password security is simple to implement when you follow some basic advice:

  • Make passwords a minimum of 8-characters in length.
  • Don’t use a single word (like “princess”) or a commonly-used phrase (“letmein”).
  • Make your password hard to guess even if people know a lot about you. People can work out your date of birth, favourite band, favourite actor, dog’s name, from social media. If you use any of these for a password, then change it.
  • Make sure you hide personal information on social media.
  • Don’t use the same password on multiple websites. One password breach can then make dozens of accounts insecure.
  • Use two-step verification wherever it is available (e.g. where a text is set to your phone and must be entered to log in.)
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and software up to date.
  • Be wary of suspicious emails and websites – if in doubt, don’t click.
  • Install an antivirus program on your computer or use a managed service.

Digitalquill – Experts in Cybersecurity

For more information on password or IT security, call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk. We can provide you with a managed AVG antivirus solution for business.