Arguably the most important piece in the security of private information puzzle is secure and protected passwords. According to Intel Security: A Five-Year Look Ahead, IoT devices will grow from 15 billion in 2015 to a massive 200 billion by 2020. With cybersecurity threats on the rise and more employees working from home on portable devices, keeping confidential data safe is crucial to the security of any organization.
What is a Password?
A password is described as ‘a secret word or phrase that must be used to gain admission to a resource.’ In the technology realm, a password is a ‘string of characters that allow access to a computer, interface, or system.’
Passwords are the equivalent of locking your doors at home. Would you feel safe leaving the front door to your home unlocked? The key or code grants you access to the valuables inside. The same can be said about password security.
According to SplashData: 2015 Worst Passwords List, the top 10 most insecure passwords as of 2015 are as follows:
2015 Top 10 Most Insecure Passwords
It comes as no surprise that according to a poll of 2,000 consumers conducted by TeleSign, 8 in 10 people are worried about their online security.