We need passwords for everything these days! It’s so easy just to use a simple password that’s easy to remember, like 123456. But the annual list of the most common passwords was released recently, and it’s a good reminder that it’s important to create secure passwords. Here are the most common passwords of 2013:
These are the easiest passwords for a hacker to use to get into your accounts!
Here some tips for setting up a password that a hacker is less likely to guess.
- Avoid common words, phrases, and number combinations.
- Avoid common names, dates, phone numbers, or things easily associated with you.
- Use a combination of numbers, letters (upper and lower case), and even symbols. One way to make this easier to remember is to substitute numbers for letters or letters for numbers in a word or phrase.
- Make sure it’s something you can remember. Don’t write it down!
- Don’t use keyboard patterns, such as “qwerty”.
- Make it at least eight characters long.
- Try not to use the same password on multiple sites.
- Change your passwords often.
For even more specific tips, try: http://blog.bendbroadband.com/residential/2013/10/01/eight-tips-for-a-strong-password/