My old password just got a promotion. The password I used, since deleted, was ‘passw0rd’. Yeah, I thought I was being so clever making the letter o into number 0. No hacker could figure that out, right? It ends up that passw0rd was the 24th most used bad password according to SplashID.com”s worst passwords of 2015, and in 2016 it moved up six slots to number 18 on the top 25. Obviously I am one in a crowd of people creating easily guessed/hacked passwords
SplashID [site]offers a free and premium password manager for major browsers so it can easily calculate the easily hacked passwords that its customers are using. Each year it releases is Worst Passwords list and the 2016 list (see below) shows that the problem with hackable passwords is us.
But there are quick and easy (okay, easy is open to debate) ways to wrangle the ocean of passwords we all need to log on to the various sites we visit regularly. SplashId and a host of other password managers offer tips to wreck the hacks. So do a bevy of security experts. And so do a host of companies with free and paid security workarounds.
Too Many Passwords, Too Little Time
It’s easy to fall in the trap of using the same or slightly altered passwords. We are all guilty of it. With so many sites requiring and ID and password, it is hard to keep up with a different one for each. So we fall back to using the same ones. The problem with this is that once one site is hacked, if the hacker traces your Internet steps to other sites and the same password is there, they can seize your computer, your finances, and your identity.