So what do monkeys, dragons and ninjas have in common? They are all part of the list of the top 25 passwords used in 2012. That’s right… in 2012! Pretty scary if you think about it.
While we can believe things are getting better, the reality is that common English words continue to be some of the worst passwords being used today. If you consider the infographic below, you will find that 14 of them are common words. The rest are common patterns.
So how can we fix this? For starters, create stronger passwords. We can’t continue to use such weak passwords to begin with. I know what you are thinking… the more complex you make it, the harder it is to remember. Fair point. So start using a password manager. Pick something that is easy to use, easy to access from almost anywhere and easy to backup. Make sure it is secure. Not by a simple PIN or password. Use stronger credentials when possible.
When you can, don’t use a password at all. Many services now support two-factor authentication. Use it. Strong authentication is always a better choice, and actually makes it EASIER for users since they don’t have to remember another password. And when possible, use single sign-on. Make it possible so staff don’t have to enter any sort of credential to begin with. Once they have validated their identity (hopefully with a strong auth cred), let them access the resources there are entitled to access… both on-premise and in the cloud.
Sound to good to be true? If so, consider the fact that AuthAnvil Password Solutions does all this for you. Password Management. Two Factor Authentication. Single Sign On. All in one box. If you want to talk about it, let’s chat.
BTW, if you would like a higher quality copy of the infographic to print and show inside your organization you can download it here. Enjoy.