Classic access passwords are still one of the most commonly used ways to protect against unauthorized access to online services and our more or less valuable data. Nevertheless, even in 2021, most users were not too imaginative in creating accessible passwords, as shown by a survey conducted by NordPass, which offers solutions for secure password storage. What’s more, they’re so easy to figure out that cybercriminals don’t have to go to great lengths to gain access to the victim’s data and online services.
An analysis of accessible passwords by NordPass analysts showed that the creativity of users to create passwords in 2021 was more than defeating. Among the most commonly used passwords, researchers discovered “23456” (for the eighth year in a row), “123456789” and “12345”. In 2021, users also used passwords such as “qwerty”, “password”, “12345678”, “111111”, “123123” and “1234567890”. Here you can also find the available passwords “1234567” and “qwerty123”.
To prevent you from becoming an easy victim of harassment, we recommend that you create a secure password for online services. It is an accessible password that consists of a large number of common words and is longer than eight characters (for example, “it’s fun”). If we want to further improve password security, we can use special characters and a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters (for example, “This, Is, Fun!”). Creating a secure password is definitely worth the effort, as it is the only barrier that protects your data from cybercriminals.
However, because each online service should have its own access password, we recommend that you use a password manager such as LastPass (www.lastpass.com). This way, you will have even better and more secure access passwords. Remember to report two-tier, if available, as this will make it much harder for cybercriminals to work.
Source: Računalništvo, telefonija – Računalniške novice by racunalniske-novice.com.
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