The list of Top 100 Worst Passwords of 2017 is embarrassing, it includes a huge number of sports terms (i.e. football, baseball, soccer)and car brands (i.e. Corvette, Ferrari).
Users continue to use common names as their passwords, names like of Robert (#31), Matthew (#32), Jordan (#33), Daniel (#35) and many others continue to be widely used.
Top passwords are the basic components of lists used by hackers in brute force attacks based on dictionaries. Attackers will use the Top password list also to create common variations on these words using simple algorithms, for example by adding a digit or any other character combinations at the start or end of words.
“Making minor modifications to an easily guessable password does not make it secure, and hackers will take advantage of these tendencies,” says Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, Inc. “Our hope is that by researching and putting out this list each year, people will realize how risky it is to use these common logins, and they will take steps to strengthen their passwords and use different passwords for different websites.”
Despite the numerous report published by the experts, users continue to adopt weak passwords and tend to reuse them to access several web services.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.