We've all heard the advice about making sure that your
passwords are secure but according to a recent list of the
most common passwords released by Keeper, many of us are
leaving our digital content wide open to hackers.
As you may be aware, large data breaches were a reoccurring
topic in 2016. Using information collected from many of these
breaches, Keeper was able to analyse 10 million passwords. One in
every six passwords was'123456'. Based on that figure,
around 17% of us are using a frighteningly simple combination to
protect our information online. Yikes!
Other earth shatteringly easy combinations on the top 25 list
included 'qwerty', 'password' and '111111'.
Of note is the fact that the top 25 formed over half of the 10
million passwords analysed – that means there are a lot of us
susceptible to cyber crime.
Central to all of this is the fact that many brands and
businesses operate online in some capacity, websites, online
shopping, social media, etc. Using an easy password is no different
to leaving the door to your store unlocked.
The risks to your brand and business are enormous because in
many instances, it's not just your information that you're
protecting, it's your customers and their names, delivery
addresses, payment details, etc.
So, how can you make sure that your password protection is as
strong as it can be?
Use a combination of letters (upper and lower case), numbers
and symbols - an eight-character password with numbers, symbols and
mixed-case letters is harder to remember but it's also harder
to guess because it has 30,000 times as many possible combinations
than an eight-character password with only lower case letters;
Avoid sequential numbers and words;
Don't use names or birthdays or other personal
Use a unique password for each difference platform; and,
Keep your passwords secure.
It's also a good idea to keep your password backup options
(recovery email and phone number) up-to-date and secure.
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