It’s well-known the most popular passwords on the internet are the same ones that aren’t secure at all. Every list of the most-used codewords or PINs consist of typically guessable combinations, such as “0000” or “password”.
In fact, an annual list of the most popular passwords just released overnight has found that the most popular word has been taken over. During SplashData’s first two years of its survey, “password” was the most popular word, followed by “123456”. Now, those two have switched places.
The rankings were helped along by leaked information from Adobe last year, which allowed anyone on the internet to view multiple users’ passwords. SplashData has said it used that list and others in creating its rankings.
While these common password lists tend to pop up every now and again, they’re a crucial reminder for digital enterprises that cyber security isn’t just a matter of protecting enterprise data. With so many employees and workers connected to a digital system, there are multiple ways for networks to be compromised.
Indeed, many security companies running tests have been able to compromise enterprise systems through infecting USB sticks and other password-protected hardware systems.
But more importantly, the problem with using so easily guessed words for passcodes is that with only one factor of security, it becomes easier to break into crucial systems. This is why more experts are predicting that ultimately, passwords will become only one part of a security system – with more systems introducing biometrics and other factors of control.
This is why Google and other internet companies such as Twitter have been heavily promoting two-factor security attached to a mobile phone for confirmation.
So while the following list of the most common passwords does give rise to disappointment, ultimately, the nature of passwords is changing. Digital enterprises concerned with security now have the opportunity to use two and even multiple factor security options – relying on employee-only passwords to protect information may soon by a remnant of the digital past.
The most common passwords: