Most common passwords: Are you using them?
Over the years, hackers have developed sophisticated ways of gaining access to people’s online accounts. Although this is such a huge issue, some people still use the easiest to guess passwords. So here I will count down the most used passwords of 2016, so you can remain safe and keep your information private this year!
When you create passwords for your online accounts, the safest method is to create a new password for each of your accounts online. Even if you follow that rule, here are the most used passwords that you should avoid:
#5: 111111 – This password is too simple. It is not complex enough to be a password. Hackers will instantly be able to access somebody’s account if their password is just a series of digits.
#4: 12345678 – This is a simple password too. If 1234589 was getting hacked too much, people now don’t include 9. It still places it in the top 5.
#3: qwerty – qwerty is the name of the format of the most commonly used keyboard. It is the first 6 letters on the keyboard, making this a very common password.
#2: 123456789 – Obviously lots of people were getting their accounts hacked with this password. So this number was reduced when people decided to knock off the 9. Many people still didn’t take off the 9, leaving this easy to guess password in the number 2 spot.
(Before we get to the number 1, comment if you have ever carelessly used one of these passwords. Don’t give away your password if you still use one though!)
#1: 123456 – Another number password. They don’t seem to work out. So I suppose the moral of this is don’t create a password with ascending numbers in. If this is your password for any of your online accounts, I would be very surprised if it hasn’t already been hacked.
So has this article made you change your passwords? If you have never used any of these, now you know which ones to avoid.
For a full list consisting of the 25 most common passwords, click here.
Charlie, Year 6