How many of us are guilty of using the same password for our emails, online banking, and social media? How many times have we used our birthday or pet’s name as a password? How about password, 12345, or even monkey?
Unfortunately by using simple, easy-to-remember passwords, we’re actually making the passwords simple and easy-to-crack for hackers. They are able to program viruses to track these patterns, rendering you unintentionally responsible for your own information being stolen. But don’t panic just yet!
Here are the top 5 Worst Passwords of 2017:
Check out the complete list here.
Security experts suggest these five tips to have safer passwords:
- Start with creating a password that includes a combination of letters, numbers, uppercase, and lowercase characters
- The longer the better: 12 characters or more
- Make sure you are always using a different password for everything – especially anything on the internet
- Make sure you change your passwords frequently – and try to use something you haven’t used before. Changing just one letter or number isn’t enough.
- Use a password manager to organize, generate and automatically update all your passwords easily. Remembering that many creative numbers and phrases is a serious feat!