3 common password mistakes to avoid

Posted on by Ryan Collar

As we all know, account security is crucial for any business, and indeed for any home user looking to ward off prying eyes, which is why it shocks me that so many people take a light-hearted approach when it comes to protecting their data and personal information. If an unwelcome guest gained access to all of your business information, the results are potentially catastrophic.

In this article I will list 3 common mistakes that people make when creating a password, and will give tips on how to avoid each one.

Mistake #1: Using a simple password.

Here is a list of the top 10 most commonly used passwords.

1. 123456
2. 12345
3. 123456789
4. Password
5. iloveyou
6. princess
7. rockyou
8. 1234567
9. 12345678
10. abc123

Hard to believe, isn’t it? The idea of a password is to protect your data using a unique combination of characters that only the owner of the account knows. One way to create a very strong password is to use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. The aim here is to make the password almost impossible to guess, so for example, ‘rockyou’ could become ‘R0ckYou08*’.

Mistake #2: Using the same password for all of your accounts

This one speaks for itself – if somebody gains access to one of your accounts, the last thing you want is to grant them access to ALL of your accounts. Use a different password for each of your accounts to minimise the risk of opening the floodgates to any would-be hackers.

Mistake #3: Using birthdays/children’s names

In order to beat a hacker, you have to think like a hacker. If somebody is trying to access your accounts, the first thing they’re going to try is a group of words that are personal to you, such as your birthday or your child’s name. A better alternative is to use words completely unconnected to you – after all, nobody would ever randomly guess a password such as ‘TissueBox914*’.

Now that you know the 3 most common password mistakes, next time you are setting up a password, just take a moment to think about how secure it really is, and consider revising your existing passwords to something a little more secure.

 

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