Passwords have been around since the dawn of computing, and they haven’t changed much in the past few decades. However, we’re at a point now where passwords are starting to feel out of date – especially when you consider how easy it is to steal them, or even crack them using modern methods like brute force attacks. This list highlights the most common password snafus (and some little-known password dangers), so you can make sure you never get caught with your pants down. Read on to learn more!
Just use my email address
Ouch! I made the list! Don’t worry, I’ve been updating my passwords so it’s unlikely this will happen to you. Now, on to the countdown…
- When a coworker found out your password and just had to change his own too
- When your co-worker used password for his new account
- When your daughter got into the bathroom while you were typing in a new password
- When your mother-in-law took over your account because she couldn’t remember her own
Why would anyone hack me?
It’s a question you never thought to ask, but in today’s world, it’s not just your email and banking information that hackers are after. We could tell you, but we don’t want to spoil all the fun. Keep reading for our countdown of the top ten password blunders of 2019.
– Giving your password away to an NSA agent posing as a sexy bombshell on social media. Why would anyone hack me?
My password will be easy to remember
In the following list, I will show you some tips to make your password strong, but still easy for you to remember.
1) Do not use words from a dictionary. This is an obvious tip and should go without saying, but many people have fallen victim to this pitfall in the past. People are trying to be creative with their passwords and they often do so by choosing words they are not familiar with.
I’m more likely to lose my wallet than my phone
It’s always a good idea to have a password manager or use Google Authenticator to handle the security on your phone. Other than that, the most important thing you can do is change your passwords frequently and don’t let any one device store all of them for you. I’m more likely to lose my wallet than my phone, but if I had to choose between the two, it would be safer just not to have all my passwords on either device.
No one can remember all those passwords
The average person has 114 different passwords, which sounds like a lot until you realize that means they only need to remember 16 words to keep everything straight. You’ve got to think long and hard about what these are if you want your account, and the data it protects, to stay safe.
Security questions are a joke
It’s 2016 and people are still using 123456 as their password. Is your security question also What is your favorite food? No? Really? I’m sorry, I don’t mean to make you mad, but passwords and security questions are a joke.
Even Google got hacked
Password security is one of the most important aspects of keeping your account safe and secure. If you are using a simple password, you might as well just put a sign on your door reading rob me here. In order to avoid these snafus, keep these passwords under four characters long with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. Anything complicated and new or something known to the public (like one’s name) should be avoided. And NEVER reuse a password from an old account!