NBC — 2014 was a year riddled with major hacking scandals, and while many Americans know the dangers of weak cyber security — according to a new report, it seems they haven’t learned their lesson.
Splash Data, a cyber security provider, has compiled a list of the year’s “worst passwords,” detailing the top 25 most common found on the internet.
Americans use passwords everyday, to log onto social media, access bank accounts or to check emails. But after information giants such as Sony, Target and even the U.S. government fell prey to data breaches in the last year, “No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids,” said Obama after the hacks.
But not everyone appears to have gotten the message. According to a new report from Splash Data, there are still many who are using common online passwords like “123456,” “password” or even “Batman” as their only line of defense against hackers.
College student Shequanna Belizaire said, “My Yahoo account has been hacked more than once.”
While it’s clear Gotham’s caped crusader can’t protect you online. There are a few things you can do to beef up your password strength.
“One of the big threats we see are people who basically reuse from one system to the other,” said information security expert Derrius Marlin. “The more random your password is and the longer it is, the much stronger your password is going to be.”
Something students can agree with. College student Rachel Martin, “I think that people should just be aware that their simple passwords can be hacked.”
To see how your online passwords stack up, you can visit Splashdata.com for the full list of “2014’s worst passwords.”