Every year the cyber security and identity protection service SplashData, evaluates millions of leaked passwords to determine which are the most easily hacked. There are numerous themes across the worst passwords list, including first names, hobbies celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns. Out of the five million leaked passwords evaluated for the 2018 list, most were held by users in North America and Western Europe.

Experts recommend people use a passphrases of twelve characters or more with mixed types of characters. They also recommend using different password for each site. Users can also use a password manager to organise passwords, generate secure random passwords, and automatically log into websites. However Experts warn that adding a number or symbol to a common word is ineffective. The reason changing a password frequently may not help is due to the fact that, when most people change their password, they only make minor tweaks such as replacing the number 1 with a number 2.

If you wish to create an effective and secure new password make sure you Use a combination of numbers, symbols, uppercase and lowercase letters, also Ensure that the password is at least eight characters long and Use abbreviated phrases for passwords, Change your passwords regularly and also Log out of websites and devices after you have finished using them. Internet users should not choose a commonly used password such as ‘123456’, ‘password’, ‘qwerty’ or ‘111111’. Internet users should also refrain from using a solitary word or a derivative of a family member’s name, pet’s name, phone number, address or birthday for their password. It is also inadvisable to write your password down or Answer ‘yes’ when asked to save your password to a computer browser.

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