In today’s increasingly digital world, passwords are required for just about everything we do online. Rather than manage an increasingly growing list of passwords, it’s tempting to streamline the process by coming up with the simplest password possible and using it over and over again, such as a string of numbers or the name of the website or application you’re accessing. But passwords like this don’t only look silly—they can put your personal and financial information at risk. The security leaks and information provided by Edward Snowden brought the entire subject of cyber security and privacy to the public’s attention. Cyber thieves and hackers are armed with sophisticated technology that threatens both personal finances and the national economy, as evidenced by the recent, well-published data breaches of at least two major U.S. retailers and the possibility of others still looming.
If you’ve ever thought that your online passwords were weak, we have some unfortunate news: They probably are. SplashData has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet, a list influenced by the large number of passwords from Adobe users posted online by security consulting firm Stricture Consulting Group following Adobe’s well-publicized security breach.
The good news is that, for the first time since SplashData began compiling its annual list, “password” has lost its title as the most common and therefore Worst Password. That top honor now belongs to “123456.” Below, we’ve listed the first 10 passwords on SplashData’s top 25 list. If your password appears on this list, it’s probably time to make a change. Pro tip: adding an extra digit to that string of chronological numbers doesn’t count.
Cyber security is a topic Crawford takes seriously and deals with regularly. As the nature of risk over time is changing, handling a cyber-breach claim requires savvy adjusting skills and an experienced team that can meet the complex financial claims needs of clients. These skills and more are taught in Crawford Educational Services classes or online at Knowledge Management Center (KMC) on Demand courses. The Crawford Forensic Accounting Services (CFAS) team is comprised of a wide array of dedicated forensic accountants worldwide with backgrounds in insolvency, auditing, management accounting and computer forensics. Learn more about CFAS by visiting their website.
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