SplashData has researched and released their list of the very worst passwords of 2011. If you recognise your own password on this list then it’s for the best that you change it, follow our best practise guidelines below to craft a password that no one will ever guess!
See something familiar? If so you need to revise the way you come up with your passwords and pick something that is less likely to result in your online accounts being hacked. Put these tips into practice the next time you pick a password and keep yourself safer online.
Tip 1: Longer is always better
The longer the password you choose the more difficult it will be for brute-force attacks to figure out. Always choose a longer password over a shorter option.
Tip 2: Mix it Up
Don’t just use one category of character when you choose a password. Combine numbers, punctuation marks, symbols, lower case letter and upper case letters. The larger the potential alphabet you have used, the more secure your password.
Tip 3: Don’t Use Real Information
Try to avoid using personal information in your password. After all, this makes it easier for someone who knows you to guess what your password may be. Avoid your real name, nickname, address, phone number or any words that relate to the website you are using. It goes without saying that the word ‘password’ is off limits.
Tip 4: Don’t Make it Easier for Peepers
Passwords such as 12345 and qwerty are not just a bad idea because they use only one category of characters. These passwords are easy to remember and figure out if someone is looking over your shoulder in the office or an internet café. Make sure you avoid those kinds of passwords.
Tip 5: Don’t Reuse the Exact Same Password on Different Websites
When you reuse a password from website to website and account to account you are opening yourself to more problems if one of your passwords does get hacked. This practice is well known, so once someone has obtained the password you use for one account they will likely try it in others. Don’t make it easy for them.