(ABC4) – How easily hackable are you?
With most modern-day activities occurring online today — whether it’s banking, shopping, social media and more — most of us enter passwords on a daily basis for a variety of accounts.
Cybersecurity firm, Lookout reported that on average, 80% of consumers have had their email leaked on the dark web at some point.
The firm released its list of the Top 10 most common passwords found on the dark web:
If any passwords on this list look familiar to you, unfortunately, your accounts remain some of the easiest for cybercriminals to hack.
Digital security company Norton says more than 2 out of 3 people recycle the same few passwords across multiple accounts online.
“Businesses and individuals within the U.S. lost nearly $4.2 billion to cybercrimes within the last year alone,” says Norton.
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nonprofit established to support victims of identity crimes, released its Annual Data Breach Report for 2021.
According to the report, there were 1,862 data breaches in 2021, marking a record high 68% increase in breaches from 2020. The report finds 2021’s data breaches marked a 23 percent increase from the previous all-time high for a single year set in 2017 with 1,506 breaches.
“In 2021, we saw a shift in the identity crime space,” said Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. “Too many people found themselves in between criminals and organizations that hold consumer information. We may look back at 2021 as the year when we moved from the era of identity theft to identity fraud. The number of breaches in 2021 was alarming. Many of the cyberattacks committed were highly sophisticated and complex, requiring aggressive defenses to prevent them. If those defenses failed, too often we saw an inadequate level of transparency for consumers to protect themselves from identity fraud.”
Industry experts say identity theft and internet breaches continue rising every year and remain “alarmingly high.” The study found ransomware-related data breaches have doubled within the past two years with phishing remaining the “number one root cause of data compromises in 2022.”
The study finds there were more cyber attack-related compromises in 2021 (1,603) than all total data compromises in 2020 (1,108).
“There is no reason to believe the level of data compromises will suddenly decline in 2022,” experts say. “As organizations of all sizes struggle to defend the data they hold, it is essential that everyone practice good cyber-hygiene to protect themselves and their loved ones from these crimes.”
To make sure your online accounts stay safe and unhackable, digital security company Norton offers these tips for creating the strongest password:
- Never use personal information — Strong passwords shouldn’t include references to personal information such as names, birthdays, addresses, or phone numbers.
- Include a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols — Secure passwords include a variety of random characters, numbers, and letters to make the password more complex.
- Prioritize password length — Safe passwords should be at least 16 characters long to lessen the chances of falling victim to a data breach or cyberattack.
- Never repeat passwords — Reusing the same password for different accounts puts you at risk of credential stuffing attacks frequently used by cybercriminals.
- Avoid using real words — Hackers use malicious programs that can process every word found in a dictionary to crack passwords. Stay away from using proper nouns and other standalone dictionary words that could lead to an insecure password.