It’s time to change your passwords. The recent data breach of Target’s customer information may have exposed sensitive information of as many as 110 million people. This is just the latest high profile company to be attacked by sophisticated hackers.
With so much data exposed, it has again become clear that no one should ever use “1223456” or “password” as a password. SplashData published its annual list of the worst online passwords and it is surprisingly similar to the year before. Unfortunately, rather than creating more original passwords, it appears that many people are just using longer chronological strings of numbers. If a “123456” password gets hacked, the solution is NOT to add a “7.”
The 10 worst passwords online are as follows:
Even high-level government offices have been caught using poor password selection. A recent Senate cyber security report detailed failures by federal officials to perform basic information security work such as installing security patches, updating anti-virus software, communicating on secure networks and requiring strong passwords.
It is critical for all of us to create more sophisticated passwords.