If you are using any of the passwords at risk, you need to change the login now.
Security experts have warned that more than 34 million people are currently using passwords that make them vulnerable to attack from bad quarters. The staggering scale of the threat was revealed in a new study from card machine provider Dojo, which analyzed data from about 100,000 passwords hacked, shared by the National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC). To help users keep their data closed, Dojo has revealed the best types of passwords vulnerable to hacker attacks.
At-risk passwords were grouped into categories, with passwords disclosed based on pet names or reinforcement conditions disclosed to those most likely to be compromised. The first three pet names used in passwords around the world were “Love,” “Baby,” and “Angel.” The second most vulnerable type of password is words based on the same names, followed by animals, emotions and foods.
The most commonly used names in passwords that are easy to guess for hackers include “Sam,” “Anna,” and “Alex,” while passwords that use animal names like “Dog” and “Cat” are also at risk. In addition, NCSC data revealed the five most commonly compromised passwords.
As has been the case for a long time, easy-to-remember phrases like “123456” and “password” are among the most compromised logins.
Here are the top five commonly hacked passwords with most users:
1. 123456 (23.2 million users).
2. 123456789 (7.7 million users).
3. Qwerty (3.8 million users).
4. Password (3.6 million users).
5. 1111111 (3.1 million users).
Speaking about the findings, Navid Islam, Chief Information Security Officer at Dojo, said: “Passwords are the numeric keys to almost everything on the web, from checking emails to online banking. The sudden rise in online services has led to widespread use of passwords. This led to password stress – a feeling felt by many people who were asked to remember too many passwords as part of their daily routine. To deal with password fatigue, people reuse the same password across multiple websites, using simple and predictable password creation strategies. Attackers exploit these known coping strategies, leaving individuals vulnerable.”
“Using a password manager to create unique passwords and using multi-factor authentication (MFA) across all websites are some of the recommended ways to improve password security, making it difficult for attackers to steal your passwords and access your data.”
Besides using the most common passwords, hackers can break into people’s accounts via a number of ways – such as using social engineering and phishing to trick people to hand over their login information and using passwords from data breaches (which are used for other accounts) to access sensitive details.
And if you’re wondering how to keep yourself safe from any hacking attempts, first find out which emails you receive from blue and ask you to change your login information or head to a website to urgently log in to an account to correct the issue.
A quick look at where the email in question was sent can give you a lot of trouble, as you will often see that the sender did not hide their address well and that the message in question is not from an official email address associated with the organization.
If you have any doubt, you can also contact the company a fraudster pretends to have directly via their official website to ask what has been sent to you.
Dojo has also created some of what to do and avoid to help you create a password that keeps you safe from hackers.
– How to create a strong password ?
1. Use a combination of special characters, numbers, and capital letters in passwords.
2. Aim for a long password of at least 8 to 12 characters.
3. Use multi-factor authentication.
4. Use the password manager
5. Check if your passwords have been compromised.
– Things to avoid
1. Do not use personal information in your passwords.
2. Do not use clear sequences of letters or numbers.
3. Don’t tell anyone your password
4. Don’t automatically save passwords in your browser.
5. Do not use the same password across multiple accounts.