Does Your Staff Use “123456” as a Password?

Oct 18, 2021

I ask because “123456” is both the world’s most commonly used password and also the world’s weakest password.

It’s scary how many people still use it. Because it’s very dangerous to do so.

A password that is weak can be cracked instantly. When cyber criminals are trying to break into a business’s systems, the first thing they will try is thousands of obvious passwords.

They use clever automated software to do this for them. So, it only takes one of your staff to use a weak password, and your entire system is wide open to any hacker.

I’ve just seen a list of the world’s most common passwords of 2021, compiled by a company that examined millions of passwords leaked by hackers. They are:

  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • qwerty
  • password
  • 1234567
  • 12345678
  • 12345
  • iloveyou
  • 111111
  • 123123

The biggest risk from using a weak password is ransomware. This is where your data is encrypted until you pay a ransom fee. It’s terrifying to see, and very hard to undo once an attack has launched.

The answer is to put in place a series of security measures, especially the use of a password manager for all staff. This will generate safe long random passwords; remember them; and even auto-fill login fields for them.

We find that most staff love password managers as they make their lives so much easier.

Can I help you influence your team to use a password manager? You see, we do all the hard technology work for our clients, so they don’t even have to think about it

My name is Ben Adank, and I’m the President and CEO of Itechra, Inc.

Lots of businesses around here trust us to keep their teams safe and productive every day. They can sleep well at night because we’ve got their backs.

We don’t just support our clients. We partner with them in every way we can.

Getting involved in every aspect of their business where we can add value and make everyone’s lives easier.

If you don’t have this kind of partnership with your IT support company, let’s jump on a video call for 15 minutes

We can explore how you work, how we work, and see if there’s an opportunity to partner.

There’s no commitment to buy anything. It’s just a chance for us to talk. Click on this link to schedule a time to talk. Or if you’ve got any questions before booking some time with me, email ask@itechra.com.

Looking forward to speaking to you soon.

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