We all know that keeping complex passwords can help keep cyber criminals away from our personally identifiable information online. But are we taking this advice seriously? The latest findings may surprise you.
One of the most common passwords is still 123456!
According to recent data, people are still using consecutive numbers as their passwords. While these passwords are easy to remember, they are also easy to guess, leaving your online accounts vulnerable to a data breach. Here are some tips for creating stronger passwords:
- Avoid using a string of consecutive numbers or letters, especially starting with “1” or “a.”
- Use different passwords for each account/website. You can manage them easily and for free through your browser’s password manager or a paid third-party site.
- Do not include the name of the application in the password (i.e., adobe123).
- Stay away from using your name, address, or company information.
- If a site you visit has been exposed to a data breach, change your password immediately.
- Never save your passwords within a document on your computer.
- Get complicated with randomized numbers to make things complicated for cyber criminals.
- Change your passwords every few months as a rule of thumb.
- Add in extra characters (e.g. %$&), underscores, and capital letters to help make any password complex. Luckily, a lot of sites require this.
- If the word or phrase seems like something your kindergartener could guess—keep thinking!
Stay smart about online safety and how to protect your information from all different types of identity theft.