Recently, CSO Online, an online cybersecurity information resource, published a list of the most frequently used passwords of 2017 compared with those used in 2016. Surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly), despite the number of data breaches, reports of hacking, and the compromising of personal information that was all too frequent in 2017, people are still displaying a willingness to stick with their familiar but weak passwords. The findings show that the top two passwords from 2016 and 2017 are the same, with the third varying only slightly.
- "12345678" (compared to "12345" from 2016)
We'll take this moment to, again, strongly encourage you to use a password manager to help maintain strong passwords for your online accounts and make your master password strong (i.e. long and suggested to be a passphrase). If you don't want to use a password manager, at least review your passwords and make sure they are strong and unique. While it is impossible to guarantee protection from malevolent actors, strong passwords can serve as a substantial deterrent that is well worth the minimal effort required to manage them. We've included a link below to a previous post that provides some helpful information about password managers and the creation of strong and unique passwords.