According to Sydney-based data security firm Impreva, the most popular Internet password is “123456″, followed by “12345″ and then “123456789″. The study, which analyzes 32 million passwords recently exposed in the Rockyou.com breach, paints a grim picture of how vulnerable our online accounts are, especially those which contain simple credentials.
The study also noted that people tend to use the same passwords on all or most of their online accounts, opening a big hole for hackers to easily access their targeted account. Some of the key findings include 30% of users chose passwords whose lengths is equal or below six characters (it is recommended to have a minimum of eight characters to be considered as a strong password), and almost 60% of users chose their passwords from a limited set of alpha-numeric characters, thus making them susceptible to basic forms of cyber attacks known as “brute force attacks.”
If you are one of those who have difficulty squeezing a dozen of different passwords into your brain, then a possible solution would be to create a strong and long password for Internet bank accounts or any websites that involve money transactions or storage of personal data. For social networking or entertainment websites where stakes are much lower, you can select a password that is relatively easy to remember.