Is your Password Good Enough?

THE WORST PASSWORDS REVEALED

These days we need a password for almost everything; banking PINS, phone passwords, computer logins, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, the dozen websites you have subscribed to … The list just goes on.

So maybe we can get a bit lazy with the passwords we use because there are so many we have to use and remember. We might resort to using the same password over and over, or keep a password really simple so you can easily remember it. Because no one is going to guess your middle name and birthday, right?

Wrong.

An easy way for anyone to gain access to your data is to guess your password. An attacker, or hacker, with the aid of software, guess thousands of passwords a minute. If you password falls into the category of dismally common and way too easy to guess, you are at serious risk of having your personal information, bank records, or even identity stolen.

THE TOP 25 COMMON, REALLY SILLY, PASSWORDS

If you think you are being original in your password choices you may have to think again. Although the list varies slightly according to the source it comes from, by general consensuses, the 25 most common passwords, according to haveibeenpwned.com/ currently are:

1: 123456
2: 123456789
3: qwerty
4: password
5: 111111
6: 12345678
7: abc123
8: password1
9: 1234567
10: 12345
11: 1234567890
12: 123123
13: 000000
14: iloveyou
15: 1234
16: 1q2w3e4r5t
17: qwertyuiop
18: 123
19: monkey
20: 123456a
21: dragon
22: 123321
23: 654321
24: 666666
25: homelesspa

If you have any of the above passwords – change.them.NOW!

List 25 – 100
According to SplashData

WHAT NOW?

Computer security SplashData says almost 10% of people were using at lease one of the top 100 weakest passwords in 2017. And frighteningly, 3% were using the worst ever password of 123456.

Yes, it can be hard to manage the amount of different passwords you need, but it is certainly nowhere close to being impossible, or even difficult. And I am sure you would agree that managing multiple, safe, passwords is a darn sight better than having your information hacked.

Tips For Better Passwords Habits

  • Choose a password with a minimum of 8 characters
  • Mix up the password with a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, with at least on uppercase letter
  • Don’t keep reusing the same password. If you use the same password for your email, Facebook and bank account login chances are, if a hacker guesses your password, they will potentially get into all of your accounts using the same password.
  • Don’t use common phrases or words. Avoid using your name and birthday for a start. And avoid using any of the 100 passwords you see in this article.
  • Change your passwords regularly. I can hear you sighing and eye rolling but trust me, it’s worth your safety and security to do so.

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REMEMBERING SO MANY PASSWORDS …

… doesn’t have to be difficult. There are ample password manager apps available for your computer and phone that you are sure to find one to suit your needs. Some are free, some are not. Ask your friend Google for a list of “free password managers” and you will be presented with dozens of options to choose from.

Are you on the road to choosing safe passwords?  Let’s hope so. Your privacy and safety depends on it.

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