Password concerns are growing as hackers develop more advanced ways of accessing people’s various accounts. Passwords that are not secure put you at risk of becoming a victim of identity theft and you can also lose access to your accounts. Creating not only lengthy, but also secure passwords can help reduce the chance of your accounts being hacked.
In an attempt to create more secure passwords, many people are making passwords longer, but these passwords are often too simple. Also, basic passwords such as “123456” and “password” are high on the list of the worst passwords presented by SplashData. SplashData provides password management applications, including TeamsID, and has annually released this list since 2011 in an effort to encourage people to use stronger passwords in order to improve their security.
The list that is compiled from more than 2 million leaked passwords during the year shows that many people are producing longer passwords that they believe are more secure. However, these longer passwords are still too simple and are still easily cracked by hackers. The list also shows new passwords including, “welcome,” passw0rd” and “login” along with references to Star Wars that are being easily guessed.
For a password to be most secure, they should be words or pass phrases containing 12 characters or more with a variety of characters. When creating passwords, be sure to avoid using anything that is too personal. While these types of passwords are easy to remember, they are more predictable and put you at a greater risk of being hacked. It is also important to use different passwords for different websites and accounts to reduce the damage that can be done if one of your accounts is hacked. Password management software such as TeamsID can also be useful in maintaining your passwords and generating unique ones.
Also, if you are documenting the passwords that you are using, be sure to keep them in a safe place and avoid using obvious file names if storing them in a document on your computer. Avoid electing for websites to remember your passwords in case your device is stolen or computer is hacked. It is also important to change your passwords frequently and create new, unique passwords instead of reusing old ones right away.
Don’t be another victim of hacking and identity theft. Change your passwords, increase their length and be unique. For more information, visit the TeamsID blog.