***Do not use any of these passwords shown on this blog!***
Many of us can often be lazy when it comes to passwords, so we use the obvious 1234 or password. Other times we use information about ourselves such as dates of birth, our names, food we like etc. In 2018, Avast Software surveyed 2,002 of their customers and it was discovered that just under half of them have never changed their password since the set up of their account unless they forgot it or experienced a hack.
Also, out of the 2,002 customers they found that only 43% of them used upper and lowercase letters, special characters and symbols in their password. It’s scary to think that even though cyber-crime is rising, we are simply not doing enough to protect our accounts and data.
If you’re wondering what more could you do to protect your account, then listen up as this is the blog for you.
If any of the above are your passwords, we think it’s time you changed it! Just like that your password could potentially be on this page which is published across the web viewed by millions of people.
Simply follow our top tips to create a stronger and better password.
When creating a strong password, you need to think of a combination that you are confident you will not forget. It makes it much harder when you forget your password and constantly having to change it. It can be a word or a mixture of letters that you will surely remember.
Some websites ask if you would like them to remember your password which saves you re-entering it in the future; you should always click “no”
because this is a cyber security risk. Password managers are a safer option and you can find out more with our “Password manage apps review” blog.
In order to create a strong password you need to follow these simple steps:
- Use upper and lower-case letters (makes it a little harder to guess)
- Include numbers and special characters (even harder to guess!)
- Do not include personal information
- Avoid giving your password to anyone (you never know what could happen)
- Never leave your account logged in just to be sure
Unfortunately hackers can gain access to your accounts if they successfully guess your password or they manage to retrieve it from somewhere else. It can result in:
- Your personal data compromised and stolen
- Fraudulent activity
- Stealing other data within an account (business related)
- Further breaches such as other accounts used by you or other employees
In conclusion, it’s safe to say that if your password is probably easy to guess then you should change it as soon as possible. You know the tips, you know what to avoid so you should have no trouble in coming up with a strong password!