NordPass, a well-known password manager application, revealed the most common passwords in the Philippines in 2023. 50 countries were conducted in the study, and 4TB of datasets were evaluated overall. The findings show that despite being aware of the risks, people continue to choose passwords that are weak and simple to guess. This blog post will discuss the 20 most common passwords you shouldn’t use and provide tips on improving your password security.
It makes sense psychologically to use the same password across multiple accounts. People typically use easy-to-remember passwords since it is too challenging to remember different passwords for different websites. However, the solution to this issue is not to use weak passwords. Your online accounts become more vulnerable as a result. Cybercriminals can guess a weak password and use it to get access to your sensitive information.
Using two-factor authentication (2FA) is one way to improve the security of your passwords. This strengthens the authentication process’ security by adding another layer, making it more difficult for hackers to access your devices or online accounts. A password cannot pass the authentication check, even if your password has been compromised.
Using default or the same password across multiple devices is another frequently made mistake. Attackers can quickly identify and get access to web-connected devices with shared default passwords. Credential stuffing is a practice where hackers use previously stolen login information from one website and “stuff” it into the login credentials of other websites until they find a match.
Here are some tips to improve your password security:
- Use a password manager: A password manager is a tool that can help you generate unique passwords for each of your online accounts. Additionally, it can safely save your passwords so you don’t have to remember them all.
- Use a strong and unique password. A strong password consists of a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols and is at least 12 characters long. Don’t use dictionary language or other personal details like your name, date of birth, or address.
- Change your social media passwords regularly. Since hackers regularly target social media accounts, you must update your passwords regularly. Every three months, you should update your password.
In conclusion, using weak and common passwords increases the possibility of a cyberattack on your online accounts. It’s important to make secure, strong and unique passwords for each account and avoid using the same password across several multiple accounts. By following the tips above, you may improve the security of your passwords and protect your online accounts from hackers.
In 2023, the Philippines’ most common passwords should serve as a warning to all of us. Use a password manager, make a strong, unique password, and change your social media passwords regularly to avoid becoming a statistic. Keep yourself safe online and protect your sensitive information from hackers.