81% of hacks leverage stolen or weak/guessable passwords

February 2, 2018

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Data breach

The 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) found that 81% hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords.

Passwords are hard to remember, so people often use the same password for multiple systems. If one of the systems is hacked, and a password is exposed, hackers try it in lots of other systems. Further, SplashData estimates that nearly 10% of people use one of the 25 worst passwords, and scarily, almost 3% have used the password "123456"! Here is the list of the top 25 worst passwords:

  1. 123456
  2. Password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  1. 123456789
  2. letmein
  3. 1234567
  4. football
  5. iloveyou
  1. admin
  2. welcome
  3. monkey
  4. login
  5. abc123
  1. starwars
  2. 123123
  3. dragon
  4. passw0rd
  5. master
  1. hello
  2. freedom
  3. whatever
  4. qazwsx
  5. trustno1
Data breach full

See what constitutes a secure password courtesy from the John Oliver interview of Edward Snowden on Last Week Tonight.

Given these issues, and given people always seem to forget their passwords, PicSafe uses a "passwordless" login system.