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08th May 2022

Online passwords should be completely scrapped to stop hackers, says cyber expert

April Curtin

Close up of sticky notes with weak passwords and over computer keyboard. The scene is situated in a studio environment. The picture is taken with Panasonic GH5 camera.

Loads of us still use the words “password” and “qwerty” in our passwords, data has revealed

Everybody needs to “drop passwords altogether” and use other technology to protect their details from hackers, a cybersecurity expert has said.

We all have a nightmare remembering our passwords, and many of us use the same one for multiple accounts. What’s more, is that “password” and “qwerty” are amongst the most used passwords globally, recent data revealed.

But according to Grahame Williams, identity and access management director at defence firm Thales, passwords are becoming “increasingly insecure” and “easily hacked”.

He said:”Research has come out in the last few days showing the number of CEOs who are still using ‘12356’ as their password is actually quite comical – the assumption is that we’ve moved away from that but actually the data really isn’t supporting that.”

“We know that people are using these ridiculously easy passwords, but the most alarming fact is that they’re not actually just using them for one thing, they use that password over and over again.

“So if somebody gets access to one of your passwords they get access to your crown jewels.”

He said that, with everyone working remotely and people going online to shop for everything, the threat from hackers is getting increasingly worse.

“So it really is in everyone’s interest to take it seriously and make sure that we put as many hurdles up as we can,” he added.