IT Admins Continue to Use Weak Passwords



IUsers Use Same Passwordsn an analysis of web pages identified as admin portals, some incredibly weak passwords were identified – and some of them are going to really surprise you.

We all know the general drill with admin passwords – make them complex and long.  Simple right?  But a new analysis of admin passwords shows that IT admins seem to not be vigilant around good password hygiene. 

According to an analysis of 1.8 million passwords by security vendor Outpost24, the top 20 passwords they found are really bad:

  1. admin
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. 1234
  5. Password
  6. 123
  7. 12345
  8. admin123
  9. 123456789
  10. adminisp
  11. demo
  12. root
  13. 123123
  14. admin@123
  15. 123456aA@
  16. 01031974
  17. Admin@123
  18. 111111
  19. admin1234
  20. admin1

Note that the number one password is “admin."  Seriously?  In today’s cybersecurity climate, IT pros are still using these passwords?

This shows that even IT pros need to be enrolled in continual security awareness training so they are reminded of the need for good password hygiene – which includes the use of properly secure passwords.

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