World Password Day: Some of the world’s most vulnerable passwords

by May 2, 2019 0 comments

Sophos has recently announced the findings of its report on World Password Day exposed Cyber attacks on Cloud Honeypots, which reveals that ‘123456’ was the most attempted login password in the Mumbai cloud server honeypot that saw more than 1,376 login attempts by cyberattackers within a span of 30 days.

The honeypots were set up in 10 of the most popular Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in the world, including California, Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Mumbai, Ohio, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Sydney over a 30-day period. A honeypot is a system intended to mimic likely targets of cyberattackers so that security researchers can monitor cybercriminal behaviors.

 “Passwords are an important aspect of computer security – they are the front line of protection for user accounts in a very wide variety of services and systems. Unfortunately, people are not changing factory default passwords, which cybercriminals are counting on to carry out their attacks.  Building strong, unique passwords and using a password manager to keep track of them is a best security practice everyone should use in this digital age,” said Sunil Sharma, managing director sales, Sophos India & SAARC.

Top 5 passwords (Mumbai) No. of login attempts

(Mumbai)

Top 5 passwords (Globally) No. of login attempts

(Globally)

123456 1,376 123456 15,785
1234 1,335 Admin 12,605
Admin 1,156 1234 9,583
Ubnt 912 password 9,034
12345 761 12345 7,145

World Password Day is observed on May 2 every year to raise awareness on the criticality of using strong passwords. Sophos recommends the following four tips for building a stronger password:

  • Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA): Enable multi-factor authentication wherever possible. This adds an additional layer of protection against someone trying to access personal accounts.
  • Use complex passcodes for devices: It’s not just passwords for email addresses and social media accounts that need to be secure. Ensure that the login for laptops and mobile phones also have complex passcodes.
  • Use a password manager: To give passwords the best possible chance of not appearing on Pwned Passwords, use a properly secured password manager that will create and store secure passwords.
  • Learn how to choose proper passwords: Most the people end up with dozens of online accounts and have to create passwords all the time. Even with a password manager, create one really excellent password is needed to lock the central ‘password vault.’
  • Use unique passwords for online banking: Sensitive accounts need special passwords. This includes banking and other accounts where financial data is accessed and stored.

 

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