As an IT solutions Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire company, PurpleJelly want to ensure that our customers have the best online security possible. Now 2016 is well on its way; we thought we’d take a look at the lessons learnt from 2015 concerning web security and the little things you can do to keep your content safe.
Each year SplashData, a leading provider of security applications and services, publishes a list of the most leaked or stolen passwords. The 2015 list features some predictable entries such as the defaults often used on devices such as ‘password’. However social trends also featured highly this year in SplashData’s list. In the light of the franchise’s recently released film, ‘Starwars’ has become the twenty-fifth most leaked password. This franchise may have also contributed to the popularity of the passwords ‘Solo’, which ranked twenty-third and ‘Princess’, which came twenty-first. These are unsurprising, when choosing a password – a current trend is not advisable!
Here are the Top Ten Most Stolen Passwords of 2015:
So what could make a good password? The CEO of SplashData, Morgan Slain, advises that password users should avoid popular-culture references and sports in their passwords. Meanwhile Microsoft’s strong password guide recommends that passwords are at least eight characters long and do not include any of the user’s personal information, be it their name or that of their company. New passwords should be significantly different from previously used passwords. Also utilising all four different types of characters (upper case, lower case, numbers and keyboard symbols) in one password should provide plenty of security.