From Yahoo's bombshell announcement of a data breach, to the recent ransomware attacks, 2017 has brought several major cybersecurity disasters.
Despite the incessant warnings from security researchers, many people are still turning to easily guessable passwords to protect their devices.
SplashData has revealed its list of the worst passwords of 2017, using data from more than 5 million passwords leaked this year – and, once again, ‘123456’ and ‘password’ top the list.
THE TOP 10 WORST PASSWORDS OF 2017
The list features several ineffective passwords that have, for some reason, long maintained their hold among internet users.
‘Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words,’ said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, Inc.
There are several themes across the Worst Passwords list, including first names and hobbies. Several car names were among the top 50, from ‘ferrari’ to ‘mercedes.’
The experts warn that adding a number or symbol to a common word is also an ineffective trick.
‘Hackers know your tricks, and merely tweaking an easily guessable password does not make it secure,’ said Slain.
‘Our hope is that the Worst Passwords of the Year list will cause people to take steps to protect themselves online.’
A study conducted by a consultancy firm EPC Group, found a large number of people still have bad habits when it comes to staying safe online.
EPC Group indicated that their top tips to password management to keep your information secure when online.
The reason changing a password frequently does not help is because when most people change their password they make minor tweaks. Hackers are very aware of them and build them into their scripts.
Their advice is to use long but easy-to-remember 'passphrases', that do not need to feature special characters or numbers.