Weak Passwords Are Putting Internet Users at Risk

Weak Passwords Are Putting Internet Users at Risk

(ConservativeHub.com) – Cybersecurity attacks are on the rise, and internet security is essential to keep Americans’ identities safe. Of course, much of the responsibility to protect online accounts lies in the hands of each individual as they try to keep their passwords safe and secure. However, a new study showed many people are at risk because of their weak choices.

Nordpass Releases 200 Most Common Passwords

While complex passwords can be difficult to remember, they do a much better job at keeping your account information safe. Password management software developer Nordpass recently published the top 200 used this year alongside the amount of time it would take a hacker to crack it.

The list includes passwords such as:

  • qwerty
  • password
  • 111111
  • 123456
  • iloveyou
  • football
  • princess

Animals such as “monkey” and “dragon” also made the top 50 most common passwords, and hackers could crack both in less than a second. Common names like “michael” and “daniel” were a little lower on the list and took a whopping eight and five seconds to hack, respectively. The list revealed simple one-word passwords and those made by tracing lines on the keyboard, like “qwerty123”, were among the weakest entries.

Strengthening Passwords and Keeping Track of Them

While it may be disheartening to see an easy-to-remember password on this list, the sad reality is that simple passwords are easy targets for hackers. Experts recommend that people use a password containing at least 12 characters in length with various letters, symbols, and numbers. It also helps to avoid using people, places, or things as part of your password. Instead, opt for a random assortment of numbers and letters.

Using different passwords for different sites can help protect account security. While the prospect may seem overwhelming, it’s a hacker’s dream to break into one account and easily access all the others. In addition, people should update their passwords every few months in case hackers gain access to the personal login information of one site, even if the account owner hasn’t realized it yet.

If implementing these suggestions seems like too much, consider paying for a password manager. Password managers allow you to use one code to easily access and manage your sensitive account security information. While this option may cost a few dollars a month, it’s far less stressful in the long run than identity theft.

Protect Yourself First

Cyberattacks and hacks skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic as people learned to work from home, ordered more goods and services online, and opened new accounts with various internet sites. However, the downside of a more digital world is the ease with which hackers can take advantage of simple passwords like “letmein.”

Taking a few minutes today to update and strengthen your passwords could be well worth it in the long run.

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