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World Password Day

In most circumstances, a password is the first line of cyber defence against a data breach – on our electronic devices, and across hundreds of different apps and platforms.

Chances are that you have to remember at least one password every day, so we try to make them memorable, and that puts our data at risk. How often have you chosen a low security password because you’re more likely to remember it?

Hackers can use a brute-force attack to systemically try every password until they crack one, and lower strength the password is, the quicker it will be cracked and the easier it is to be stolen.

According to Splash Data’s yearly report, the top ten worst passwords in 2018 were:

  • 123456
  • password
  • 123456789
  • 12345678
  • 12345
  • 111111
  • 1234567
  • sunshine
  • qwerty
  • iloveyou

Can you really say your password is far off these in terms of strength?

You know experts say you shouldn’t have one password for everything, but with so many to remember does it really hurt to have one strong universal password? Sadly, even strong passwords can be hacked and if yours is, and it’s the same password for all of your accounts, then all your accounts will be hacked and the damage done, will be even worse.

To help with this, we’ve put together a handy infographic on creating a strong but memorable password, and how to vary it enough for other accounts.

World Password Day is a day to expand our knowledge on safe passwords and cyber security so celebrate it by making the right changes to protect your online data and check your passwords now.

About the author

Rebekah Frost

A champion problem solver; whether it’s a board game or a tricky computer conundrum, Bekah's attention to detail is second to none. Her interesting and varied work experience across different sectors means she always has a story to tell, a love of people and a way to fix any issue.