Don’t Worry, I Won’t Get Hacked. Nobody Knows My Password!



In the 1987 science fiction parody film “Spaceballs,” 1-2-3-4-5 is the password for the air shield lock of planet Druidia. Dark Helmet, a villainous Dark-Vader-lookalike in the movie who was sent to take planet Druidia’s air supply, calls it the “stupidest combination” that he has ever heard in his life. Life is imitating art, according to a recent study.

Market research company ReportLinker found that for the fifth straight year, the most popular passwords that U.S. consumers used to secure their accounts and digital devices were “123456” and “password.” ReportLinker suggested that this may be because consumers don’t feel that they are at risk of a cyberattack. 

Fifty-five percent of ReportLinker survey respondents said that they feel their data is safe from hackers. Additionally, 36 percent of consumers said that hackers mainly target the government while 33 percent said individuals are primary targets for hackers. 

ReportLinker’s findings are consistent with other studies. The 2016 Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report found that 76 percent of respondents said they know they should actively protect their information online, but still engaged in risky behaviors, including sharing passwords. According to Experian’s 2017 Data Breach Industry Forecast, consumers will start moving away from using simple passwords.

Hopefully, consumers won’t have to comb the desert for tougher password combinations. 

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