In a world that is so concerned about the security of their data in an increasingly digital world, it is quite amazing to discover how many people do not use secure passwords for their online activity. SplashData’s yearly list of the worst passwords on the internet is both shocking and amusing in equal measure, allowing us a little insight in to just what passwords people think are suitable for accessing online accounts.
Several of the top passwords from this list would be obvious to even the untrained eye: 123456 and password are not the most creative of options when creating a new account, in fact an account with a password such as this wouldn’t even need to be hacked per se – a lucky guess of such a simple password would be all it would take for your private data to fall in to the wrong hands.
Did you know that an eight-character password with numbers, symbols and mixed-case letters is harder to guess because it has 30,000 times as many possible combinations than an eight-character password with only lower case letters?
However, it is understandable that people want to keep their passwords simple for ease of remembering them. We all have so many online accounts that creating a password with a capital letter, lowercase letters, a number and a symbol which is different for each account would be impossible. But there are ways around this; you can create a secure password that will not be easily forgotten but will keep prying eyes out of your accounts.
There are also applications available that secure allow you to store password information for easy reference. These can be downloaded on to your phone and organised so that should you forget your password, you simply log-in to a central list and can easily see which password you use for that account. Just be sure to use a secure, memorable password for the app account!
What’s in a password?
A strong password…
- Does not contain real-life information that could easily be sourced from places such as social media
- Does not contain a simple word; try using a phrase instead
- Is significantly different from previous passwords when updated
- Contains characters from each of the following four categories: lowercase, uppercase, numbers and symbols
Following these simple steps to create secure passwords will let you rest easy in the reassurance that your accounts are secure and protected.