Data breach. Computer hack. Leaked Passwords. All phrases you don’t want to hear when it comes to your online life. But in 2017, it’s all too common. But in a lot of cases, it’s not some “super hacker” with crazy skills that involve a lot of really fast typing like you see in the movies. Most cases of “hacks” in today’s world involve guessing.
A lot of the “hackers” out there will try to get a hold of your email address, and they run through possible passwords to get into your accounts. Which is why experts tell you to make difficult passwords that don’t involve your name, your birthday, or your phone number.
Also, don’t do simple passwords like 1234.
But, even with all of those warnings, at TON of people still use those codes, and every year, a TON of people get “hacked”. This year, a company called SplashData looked at over 5 million “leaked” passwords, then they crunched the numbers, and came up with a list of the most commonly used, terrible, passwords.
Here are the 7 that top the list:
2. password (same spot on the list in 2016)
1. 123456 (same spot on the list in 2016)
If you see one of your passwords on this list, it’s time to change it yesterday. Again, stay away from using your birthday or your phone number too, because those pieces of info are as easy to find as your email address.