SplashData has released its least secure passwords of 2019 - do you need to tighten up your online security?
The worst passwords of 2019
These are the top 10 worst passwords:
123456 123456789 qwerty password 1234567 12345678 12345 iloveyou 111111 123123
SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said, “Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online, and we think these and other efforts are finally starting to pay off.
“We can tell that over the years people have begun moving toward more complex passwords, though they are still not going far enough as hackers can figure out alphanumeric patterns.”
How to create a secure password
This is the advice that Digital Trends offers when it comes to creating a secure password:
- Don’t use the same password across your online accounts. It’s important to use different passwords so that if someone does get one password, they don’t have access to all your accounts
- Strong passwords tend to be longer, contain upper and lower case letters and include numbers and symbols too. These passwords also shouldn’t contain any reference to your personal information
- Use a password manager - some of them will even generate secure passwords for you
Most hacked accounts
Earlier this year it was revealed by internet security experts DynaRisk that some of the most hacked online accounts are Netflix, Spotify and EA.
Six hundred different brands were investigated by DynaRisk, which found that gaming, streaming and pornography sites were some of the most targeted by hijackers.
Other sites that often fell frequently to security breaches included online retail giant Amazon, social media platform Facebook and Xbox and Sony entertainment websites.
Hackers often target bigger brands to steal user information and also for the monetary benefits. For example, Netflix and Spotify are perfect targets for hackers who can then resell the stolen credentials to willing customers who want an account for a fraction of the retail cost.