When it comes to providing passwords online, many users want to have a “one password fits all” for ease and convenience not really knowing that this could spell disaster.
The funny thing is most people do not bother deliberately creating their passwords, but rather just go with lame passwords that even a 2 year old kid can guess. Little did they know that their passwords belong to the “universal passwords” that a amateur hackers happen to have a list of.
When the lame passwords meet the virtual goons of the internet, they can create havoc in the users’ life. To avoid experiencing the “sad plight” of many internet users who have been hacked, make sure you generate very strong random password or use passphrase.
Here are the Top 50 most common passwords you should avoid.
Password that are same as username.
Personal information as password ( name, city, birthday, family member names)
Looking at the list above would probably elicit a laugh or two, but it is definitely no laughing matter when one day you wake up and find that your account has been hacked.
Even if you think that your passwords are completely un-guessable, repeating the same password on multiple websites can still post a risk. Besides, with a gazillion of internet users all over the world, the likelihood that your favorite password might also be a favorite of hundreds of other users is possible. As a rule of thumb, be creative when creating your passwords.
As per Google recommendations, do not use any words from the dictionary. You should also have a different password for each website. If you have memory issues, you can install free password manager software. Avoid the use of keyboard patterns and sequential numbers. To make your password more unique, include special characters and numbers. You can probably include punctuation marks and number, or a mixture of capital letters and lowercase numbers. With the virtual criminals on the loose, you cannot afford to make a mistake that can be avoided.
If you feel like your password is weak, or worse, one of the common passwords above, go and change it NOW before it’s too late!
For those that don’t want the hassle of remembering a dozen passwords I can advice Lastpass which takes the job of making hard to guess passwords out of your hands. The only password you will need to remember is the password for lastpass. It will install a plugin in your browser or, if you are not at your own pc, you can find your passwords back on your personal (safe) page on their site. I have been using it for years and once I started with it I never looked back 🙂