Online fraud is a growing problem around the world, with criminals stealing the personal data of innocent individuals and then using it to exploit those individuals so that they will gain something, be it money, ID etc.
One of the biggest problems though, is a flaw in the most basic of security checks that we all do – password strength.
Security expert, Imperva found that a third of people choose passwords made up of six or fewer characters, while 60% opt for passwords from a limited set of alpha-numeric characters.
Nearly 50% of users used names, slang words, dictionary words or trivial passwords such as consecutive digits, or adjacent keyboard keys.
With around 50% of people also using the same (or very similar) password for all the websites they use, there are concerns that they are unwittingly leaving themselves at risk of online fraud.
Here are the top 10 most common online passwords:
Update – Here are the most popular passwords ranked 11th – 20th.
As well as ensuring that you don’t use any of these passwords, Imperva has a lot more detail on how to keep your passwords secure, so you are safe online. Click the link for more info.
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