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)
The conversation on the most effective method of creating passwords continues to evolve. Some experts claim that length is a key component (a minimum of 25 characters) and that using a "passphrase" is also the best method. While others argue that no matter how long, unique, or random a human generated password is, it will ultimately adhere to patterns that can be snuffed out by expert hackers. It's because of these reasons that we strongly encourage the employment of password managers because they can effectively randomize your passwords, and can do so frequently without much hassle. While it is impossible to guarantee protection from malevolent actors, strong random passwords can serve as a substantial deterrent that is well worth the minimal effort required to manage them.
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