SplashData, which makes password management applications, has released its 2013 list of the 25 worst passwords based on files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online in the last year. “123456″ now tops “password,” which is the traditional favourite.
How has this changed in a year ….
See the 25 worst password list for 2012
Here’s the full 2013 list:
You can see that in 12 months not much has changed, in fact it is entirely possible the problem has gotten worse.
The thing that I find scary is that in 12 months – millions more people and many many millions of new devices have connected to the internet. We have become even more enmeshed and reliant on these devices to interact with a wide variety of applications that will mostly have sensitive personal data hidden behind that password.
It seems that people do not think that they could possibly become victims, therefore password security does not apply to them, or it is too much of a hassle.
The program offerings since last year have grown as far as applications to assist us in controlling our personal security by saving complicated passwords or providing centralised secure login. Programs are available for web browsers, macs, pc’s and most smartphones and tablets.
There is no longer any excuse .. make a commitment toward self protection and change your password today!!!
P.S. If you need a few pointers about how to create a new password read my 2012 worst passwords post