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How hackable are you? These are the most common passwords in 2021

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How easily can you be hacked?

With most modern-day activities taking place online these days — whether it’s banking, shopping, social media, or something else — most of us enter passwords for a variety of accounts on a daily basis.

Lookout, a cybersecurity firm, reported that on average, 80% of consumers have had their email leaked on the dark web at some point.

The firm published a list of the top ten most common passwords discovered on the dark web:

  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • qwerty
  • password
  • 12345
  • 12345678
  • 111111
  • 1234567
  • 123123
  • qwerty123

If you recognize any of the passwords on this list, you should be aware that your accounts are still among the easiest for cybercriminals to compromise.

According to Norton, more than two out of every three people reuse the same few passwords across multiple online accounts.

“Businesses and individuals within the U.S. lost nearly $4.2 billion to cybercrimes within the last year alone,” says Norton.

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting victims of identity theft, has released its Annual Data Breach Report for 2021.

According to the report, there were 1,862 data breaches in 2021, a 68 percent increase over the previous year. According to the report, data breaches in 2021 increased by 23% from the previous all-time high for a single year, set in 2017 with 1,506 breaches.

“In 2021, we saw a shift in the identity crime space,” said Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. 
“Too many people found themselves in between criminals and organizations that hold consumer information. We may look back at 2021 as the year when we moved from the era of identity theft to identity fraud. The number of breaches in 2021 was alarming. Many of the cyberattacks committed were highly sophisticated and complex, requiring aggressive defenses to prevent them. If those defenses failed, too often we saw an inadequate level of transparency for consumers to protect themselves from identity fraud.”

Identity theft and internet breaches continue to rise year after year and remain “alarmingly high,” according to industry experts. According to the study, ransomware-related data breaches have doubled in the last two years, with phishing remaining the “number one root cause of data compromises in 2022.”

According to the study, there were more cyber attack-related compromises (1,603) in 2021 than all total data compromises in 2020. (1,108).

“There is no reason to believe the level of data compromises will suddenly decline in 2022,” experts say. “As organizations of all sizes struggle to defend the data they hold, it is essential that everyone practice good cyber-hygiene to protect themselves and their loved ones from these crimes.”
Here are the Top 22 most common passwords in the Philippines
📷 NordPass
To keep your online accounts safe and unhackable, digital security company Norton recommends the following password-creation tips:
  • Never use personal information — Strong passwords shouldn’t include references to personal information such as names, birthdays, addresses, or phone numbers.
  • Include a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols — Secure passwords include a variety of random characters, numbers, and letters to make the password more complex.
  • Prioritize password length — Safe passwords should be at least 16 characters long to lessen the chances of falling victim to a data breach or cyberattack.
  • Never repeat passwords — Reusing the same password for different accounts puts you at risk of credential stuffing attacks frequently used by cybercriminals.
  • Avoid using real words — Hackers use malicious programs that can process every word found in a dictionary to crack passwords. Stay away from using proper nouns and other standalone dictionary words that could lead to an insecure password.
REFERENCE/S:
[1] abc4.com- How hackable are you? These are the most common passwords in 2021
[2] NordPass-Top 200
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