123456 is not the most secure password, but it is the most used

you’ve probably heard that 2016 was not a good year for Yahoo, LinkedIn and Dropbox in terms of passwords. No major computer science need to steal a password since many of them are easy to steal. Keeper Security has published a list of most frequently used by the users passwords.

Why use a secure password?

Many people underestimate the importance of the data stored in their devices. “I have nothing to hide,” claim to Horn and cry some individuals, ignoring the dangers of exploitation of the data. Some are cautious, it must be acknowledged, but many keep on their device or cloud the list of all passwords (for example allowing access to bank accounts), phone numbers or documents that may be required for your work and that the thief can use against you, and many more.

The risk of having stolen my password is may be low but this isn’t a reason to chew the pirates work by offering a simple password

by Benoit Pepicq

what do you think?

I spoke about this recently with a knowledge which, to my despair, said “why should I bother to create a complicated password if the risk of getting hack is so low”. Blimey. Remember a Word and a number would be something complicated? I doubt it, so let us not make children and use our brains to find something of a complicated minimum. If this is unnecessary because “the risk of getting hack is weak”, it will always be a cerebral exercise.

It must however add one thing: everyone is familiar with the technology. Some technophobes (like Cyprien) have no memory problem but are struggling with everything about near or far technology, including smartphones.

Popular, Yes. Secure, no.

According to the report by Keeper, the most used password in 2016 is 123456, followed by 123456789 by QWERTY. Yes, you read that right. Despite the security problems which are yet dealt at length on the Internet, many users continue to use simple passwords. They are fools, you might say. The logic behind this is not as silly as it seems at first glance: the goal is to find simple enough to remember a password, and when one is conscious of having a Linnet’s head, we prefer to trust my eyes and use the first row of the keyboard.

1. 123456
2. 123456789
4. 12345678
5. 111111
6. 1234567890
7. 1234567
8. password
9. 123123
10. 987654321
11. qwertyuiop
12. mynoob
13. 123321
14. 666666
15. 18atcskd2w
16. 7777777
17. 1q2w3e4r
18. 654321
19. 555555
20. 3rjs1la7qe
21. Google
22. 1q2w3e4r5t
23. 123qwe
24. zxcvbnm
25. 1q2w3e

some crafty have found an alternative in the order of ascending numbers: the order of descending number. Instead of 123456789, they use 987654321. Others simply use “password”, or even “666666” (6 times the figure 6), or even “7777777” (7 times the number 7). In this second half of the top 25 we can find a little more imagined passwords, such as “1q2w3e4r” (alternation digit/letter from the left to the right). Others, however, are a mystery and their popularity is quite strange, especially 18atcskd2w. 

This last password indicates that not all of the elements of this ranking are generated by humans. On the report itself, we read that it was created by bots (to spam the forums). 

If you own one of the passwords from this list and, in General, if you have a password too easy to find, feel free to change it. Do you use a complicated password or that’s important to you?

Article written in collaboration with Jessica Murgia

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