Password Mistakes We Are All Making

We’ve  all been told time and time again that the only real way to protect our  information online is to have a really secure password, but according  to a new report, most people are failing in that department.

The  digital security company Dashline just released an analysis of over  61-million passwords and it turns out there are some definite patterns  when it comes to mistakes people are making with their passwords.

Mistakes include: 

  • Password Walking - This is when folks choose passwords that contain combinations of  letters, numbers, and symbols that are adjacent to one another on the  keyboard, like "qwerty" and "123456.” Other popular ones include  “1q2w3e4r” and “1qaz2wsx,” all of which can be typed using just your  left hand. 
  • Love & Hate – Lots of  passwords are made up of words pertaining to love, as well as aggressive  and vulgar language, with the most popular ones being “iloveyou,”  “f*ckyou,” “a**hole,” “f**koff,” and “Iloveme.”
  • Recurrent Brands – Certain brands, like Coca Cola, Skittles and even company names like  Lilnkedin have seeped into folks' passwords. The most popular include  “Myspace,” “mustang,” “linkedin” “Ferrari” and “playboy.” 
  • Music & Movies – A lot of people tend to include their favorite moves and music in  passwords, with the most frequent ones used being “superman,” “pokemon,”  “slipknot,” “starwars” and “metallica.”
  • Champions League – Sports-related terms are always quite popular for passwords, but it  seems soccer fans are the most guilty of this, with the most popular  sports-related passwords all referencing popular Champions League  football clubs, like “liverpool,” “chelsea,” and “arsenal.”

Source: Dashline 

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