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Monday 16 January 2017

“123456” - the most used password in 2016.

17% of the survey uses "123456" password.

According to the survey, “123456” which is nearly used 1 in a 5 users is the top 2016 password made by password manager and digital vault company Keeper. This only means that user were still unaware with the risk of not securing their accounts by providing a strong and unpatterned passwords. It can be recalled that “123456” was still the top 2015 common password. Keeper looked at 10 million passwords that were made public following the many data breaches in 2016 and not surprised why these accounts were breached.

Top 10 password of 2016.

  1. ‘123456’
  2. ‘123456789’
  3. ‘qwerty’
  4. '12345678'
  5. '111111'
  6. '1234567890'
  7. '1234567'
  8. 'password'
  9. '123123'
  10. '987654321' 
The study also found that four of the top 10 passwords on the list are six characters or shorter.

“The list of most-frequently used passwords has changed little over the past few years,” which sadly, seems to speak to limits when it comes to user education. “While it’s important for users to be aware of risks, a sizable minority are never going to take the time or effort to protect themselves,” Keeper continued. “IT administrators and website operators must do the job for them,” the Keeper noted. 

"This is stunning in light of the fact that, as we have reported, today's brute-force cracking software and hardware can unscramble those passwords in seconds," according to the US-based password management company Keeper Security .

“We can criticize all we want about the chronic failure of users to employ strong passwords,” Keeper concluded, “But the bigger responsibility lies with website owners who fail to enforce the most basic password complexity policies.”

"Nearly 17 per cent of users are safeguarding their accounts with '123456'. What really perplexed us is that so many website operators are not enforcing password security best practices," it said.

Dictionary-based password crackers know how to look for sequential key variations. At best, it sets them back only a few seconds.

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