The top 25 most common passwords of 2014
With constant attacks on all the online services we use such as social media, email and websites good passwords are a necessity to avoid having accounts hacked. The recently released list of the most common passwords of 2014 shows a worrying trend. The information was compiled by security firm SplashData by analysing 3.3 million leaked passwords that came out during 2014.
The Top 25 Passwords of 2014
If any of your passwords are on the list above, it’s time to change them for something more secure! We recommend using passwords of at least 12 characters that contain both uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. A string of easier to remember words can also be used as these are harder to crack or guess than single words. Online password generators can be used to produce more secure, random passwords and there are applications available for your computer to store all your passwords in a secure way.
Simple passwords can either be guessed, or attacked using a word list that tries words from the dictionary until the password is guessed. With computers getting faster over time, it’s possible for hackers to run thousands of guesses until passwords are cracked and they gain access to user accounts.
If a hacker gains control of your email account, they can either start sending spam emails or request password resets from other services that use this email account, gradually taking over your online identity.
Call us on 0115 9684949 or email email@example.com if you’d like some help securing your passwords.