It’s that time of the year again! Oh, you thought we meant time to gather with family for turkey and your favorite sides? No! It’s time to evaluate the year’s worst passwords. Lucky for us, NordPass creates an annual report of the 200 worst passwords. As they explain on their site, “The list details how many times a password has been exposed, used and how much time it would take to crack it.” They also compare the worst passwords year-over-year.
We’ll save you the trouble of clicking through and answer your most pressing question! NO, 123456 is NOT a safe password. NordPass notes that this password was breached more than 23 million times and takes a second to crack. Oddly enough, picture1 is the third most common password, which is new to the list. Can you guess the second-worst password? It’s 123456789. ??♂️
We know you have a lot on your mind, and it might seem that keeping secure passwords is too much of a hassle. Believe us – it is worth your while. Our heads about exploded when we saw that “123456” has been on top of this list since 2015! Think of it this way: the easier a password is to remember, the more likely it is to be easy to hack. But, you’re not alone if you have a common password. NordPass said that only 44% of the 275,699,516 passwords they reviewed that were leaked were unique. That is a lot of common passwords.
We can help you with this! We strongly suggest 1Password for families or teams who share passwords – or to help ensure you can maintain and have easy access to distinctive, safe passwords. They explain, “Your logins and private documents are securely stored in your password vault. This keeps your information locked away from thieves, hackers and other unsavory types.” arobasegroup can explain how this system works to keep you safe and assist with configuring and getting you set up. Another resource is iCloud Keychain. This is a great tool for a single person to use across all Apple devices to remember passwords, which can encourage you to come up with better, unique passwords across the board. As their site says, “iCloud Keychain remembers things so that you don’t have to.” Because we all have enough to worry about without remembering complex passwords!
So, while you are enjoying your socially distant Thanksgiving, take a break from the relatives in your “pod” and set up safe passwords. Let us know if you need help! (You’ll thank us later!)
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