He’s a regular cybersecurity engineer by day but a vigilante hacker by night. “Her password was simple, Dylan2791. Favourite artist and the year in which she was born, backwards,” Elliot says in the opening episode of US TV series Mr Robot. “His was the easiest to hack, password was 123456, then ‘seven’ spelled out.”
Your password isn’t as simple as that, is it? In January, password management company SplashData trawled two million leaked logins from last year to find out which were used by the most people. Top of the list? “123456.” In second place, “password”. In 11th place was “welcome”. Some people are just asking for trouble…
None of my passwords have been as weak as these, but after watching Mr Robot I changed all of them. You might want to do the same, because your online security is under threat. PwC’s 2016 Global Economic Crime Survey, which questioned 6,337 respondents in 115 countries, revealed that cybercrime was the second-most reported economic crime, affecting 32 per cent of organisations. To make matters worse, only 37 per cent have a cyber incidence response plan – they are simply not prepared for an attack
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