Findings by Keeper Security — a company that develops password management software — released a study last week analyzing public data breaches. Keeper sorted through the data that became public in 2016 through breaches and analyzed ten million passwords.
The findings of the study show that nearly 17 percent of users are protecting their accounts with “123456.” Below are some of the most common passwords of 2016:
After years of data breaches from weak passwords and awareness campaigns, many webmasters are still not enforcing best password security practices. In their blog post, Keeper Security stated “We can criticize all we want about the chronic failure of users to employ strong passwords. After all, it’s in the user’s best interests to do so. But the bigger responsibility lies with website owners who fail to enforce the most basic password complexity policies. It isn’t hard to do, but the list makes it clear that many still don’t bother.”
In a technology filled world it is more important now than ever to use a variety of characters — numeric, uppercase, lowercase and special characters. It is also vital to avoid passwords easily cracked with dictionary terms and to use a password manager to store and generate strong and unique passwords.