Computer security enthusiasts may rejoice at the fact that ‘password’ is no longer the top choice password for many when it comes to their online files and data. A rather unimaginative 123456 has claimed that throne, reports the annual survey of SplashData, a mobile software developing company that collected and compiled the lists of most commonly assigned passwords that were subjected to the maximum number of hacks and breaches in 2013. A major chunk of the company’s profile was collected by studying the hacks subjected on Adobe (October 2013), where about 38 million computer users were affected. ‘123456’ password resulted in the maximum breaches, the list reported.
After 123456, the other passwords that were highly affected with the breaches include- ‘password’, ‘12345678’, ‘qwerty’, ‘abc123’, ‘123456789’, ‘111111’ and ‘1234567’. The password ‘admin’ cracked the list at number 12.
Experts have always preached of using passwords with random words – including symbols, numbers, capital letters and all. These lengthy passwords are the most hack-proof there can exist. Toss up a space between two words somewhere, and you got yourself a stronger password. ‘DefiNitely M@ybe’?
Also, it’s better to use different passwords for different websites, online accounts and portals. Reduces the vulnerability.