The security industry's ongoing efforts to educate users about strong passwords appears to be for naught, with a new study finding the most popular passwords last year were 123456 and 123456789.
Keeper Security wonks perused breached data dumps for the most popular passwords when they made the despondent discovery.
Dad used to say that the reason that history repeats itself is that nobody listens the first time.Some 1.7 million accounts used the password "123456", or 17 per cent of the 10 million hacked accounts the firm studied.
You want a good password that's hard to crack and easy to remember? Use a "passphrase" where you take the first letter of each word in an easy to remember sentence. For example, if you take the first character of each word in "123456 is a lousy password and will get you PWNED!" you get a password of "1ialpawgyP!" which is pretty dang strong. It's also pretty easy to remember.
Me, I haven't used a password in over 15 years. Instead, I use this technique and I recommend it to anyone who thinks that "123456" is a bad password.