November 27, 2020
WHAT HAPPENS IF I USE COMMON PASSWORDS?
Password spray attacks target user accounts by attempting to access hundreds of thousands of accounts with the same common password at once, instead of testing many password combinations on a single account. Bad actors achieve up to a 1% success rate using these attacks. Using discreet methods, they can fly under the radar, fearlessly hacking user accounts and stealing sensitive information.
WHAT ARE COMMON PASSWORDS?
If you use a common password, your accounts are open to password spray attacks, putting your data at risk.
The most common passwords worldwide include:
If you use any of the above passwords, or other easy-to-guess combinations, hackers could access your accounts during a spray attack and compromise your data. Password spraying and other attacks exploit security weaknesses, like using ineffective or repeated passwords.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Here are some ways to help safeguard your accounts and avoid attacks like password spraying:
WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS?
If you are using weak passwords, especially for multiple or key accounts, update your accounts with more secure credentials as soon as possible. Bad actors are creating new schemes daily; it is best to secure your data before a breach happens, instead of dealing with damage control after the fact.
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