Yikes, “Password” was the second most popular password of 2017!!
I know that you know darn well the importance of online security. You have all heard and read the news stories about security breaches at Equifax, Target and Yahoo just to name a few. Then why another blog post about passwords? Because people continue to pick easy-to-crack passwords, that’s why.
Depending on the device you are using, online security is slowly improving, but not quickly enough. Fingerprint technology and facial recognition are in use on most new smart phones and tablets and are starting to show up on laptops and other personal computers. The problem is that the majority of smart phone and PC users are not able to upgrade to take advantage of the newest technologies. A good alternative are password managers which will assign a unique password to each of your online accounts and you’ll only have to remember the password to your password manager.
First, here are the top 10 passwords of 2017 that you should NEVER use. No more needs to be said. Here they are:
Here are a few obvious no-no’s:
Never share your password
Never use personal information such as your birthdate or names of your pet
Never email it to yourself or one of your email accounts
Never use the same password for different online accounts
Lastly, here are some things that you should do:
Use a minimum of 8 characters consisting of upper case, lower case and numbers
Adding at least one special character will dramatically strengthen your password
Consider using the number “1” in place of an “I” and a “5” for the letter “s”
Use an easy-to-remember phrase, or the first letter of each word in a long phrase
Change your password quarterly or at least a few times a year
If two-step authentication is available (e.g. password and text message), use it