Procurement · 17 January 2017

Predictable password still world’s most common

Predictable password
Businesses need to be taking the initiative and enforcing strong passwords
New research has done little to suggest people around the world are becoming more cyber aware, with predictable password 123456 still the most common.

Despite warnings from governments, corporates and commentators, and against a backdrop of major breaches, nearly 17 per cent of internet users are safeguarding accounts with the predictable password of 123456.

Findings put together by Keeper, which analysed in excess of ten million passwords available on the public web, suggested website operators are still not doing enough to encourage and enforce best practice when it comes to passwords.

Alongside 123456, other predictable password combinations’such as 123456789, QWERTY and 111111 fill out the top five most common. Keeper revealed the top 25 passwords of 2016 equate to 50 per cent of the ten million passwords looked at.

Richard Lack, managing director in EMEA for Gigya, said the findings come as no surprise. Consumers tell us that they are struggling to remember what is now an average of over 100 passwords in Europe, he added.

at a time when the number of devices we own is rising sharply, this frustration has relegated the registration process to being the most broken thing about the internet. The future lies in methods of authentication without passwords, which consumers clearly favour, both in terms of convenience and enhanced security.

A survey conducted by Gigya found that 80 per cent of all consumers believe biometric authentication is more secure than traditional registration.


 
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Hunter Ruthven was previously editor of Business Advice. He was also the editor of Real Business, the UK's most-read website for entrepreneurs and business leaders at the helm of growing SMEs.

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