Wait a second. Let's check the date again. Apparently, it's not 1977 any more, so why are so many people still using terrible passwords to protect their most sensitive data?
At this point, Yoda might chime in with a snarky, "Lazy, they are." And if you've seen the Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2015 from SplashData, you would say he's right. With passwords like "123456" and "password" still topping the charts, there's no new hope for terrible passwords to disappear forever. And with new additions like "princess," "solo" and "starwars" showing up around highly anticipated movie releases, those are exactly the droids that hackers are looking for. Sure makes their job easy.
If you think that choosing a horrible password is a bad habit, check out these other Deadly Security Sins. You'll see that choosing what your password is might not be as bad as how you use it.
The reality is, no one can be completely certain why people choose to use bad passwords. But it happens all the time, and hackers love it. Part two of the same reality is that passwords aren't going away anytime soon. But no matter how strong your password is (and by strong, we mean "hard to remember"), enterprises have to move beyond reliance on passwords alone.
Better security is not light years away
A future without passwords is just around the corner. Companies are already taking steps toward this future by adopting technologies like single sign-on and multi-factor authentication to eliminate the need for multiple passwords and to ensure that the right people are accessing the right things. They're even embracing the power of biometrics, which is the most unique factor of authentication around.
As our world becomes more mobile, and we all connect with more devices and things, passwords just won't be able to exist. We need security that uses identity, not passwords, to let us access what we need in a safe and seamless fashion. That technology is already here, and we don't need to use a Jedi mind trick to convince you that it's only going to get better.