The internet is nothing new and there is no big secret to online security.
Are you making life difficult for hackers and cyber criminals or are you leaving yourself wide open to attack?
It is often the case that the victims of cyber crime only have themselves to blame.
They might download some dodgy app from some unofficial third party app store or download a torrent laced with malware.
Something which is very common is people using the same passwords across multiple online accounts – so that when one account is compromised, hackers are able to easily access social media profiles, email addresses and even online banking all in one hit.
What’s even worse is that some are so unbelievably stupid that they use a ridiculously easy or common password not only on one online account, (that would be bad enough) but across several accounts online.
Researchers into password security have worked out the top 10 most commonly used and weakest passwords.
If you are guilty of using any of the passwords in this list then for you own sake shut down your computer and never, ever turn it on again. Seriously, it’s for your own good.
Failing that, it’s high time you changed your online habits and if any of the passwords below are used for one of your online accounts then change them RIGHT NOW.
10 most common passwords
These 10 most common passwords were discovered by Dr Jeff Yan who co authored a paper into password security. He examined the login credentials listed in an obsolete database of Yahoo accounts which are no longer in use and date back to 2012.
Using the passwords above, Dr Yan and his team of researchers were successfully able to guess their way into 73 percent of accounts.
“123456”, “password” and “welcome” all featured in the list while others used simple combinations of their name and birthday.
Speaking to the Mail Online Dr Yan said: “Why do [some]use such obvious passwords? A main reason I think is that they’re either unaware of or don’t understand the risks of online security.
“Just like everybody knows what one should do when red lights are on in the road, eventually everybody will know 123456 or the like is not a good password choice.”
So what makes a good password?
It goes without saying your password should be difficult to guess.
It should also contain a combination of both lower and upper case letters, numbers and special characters.
You should also avoid using the same password on more than one account.
You could also consider using a password manager such as LastPass for added security and better password management.
Here are some tips on creating a strong password.