Between your cloud service, e-mail account, online banks, e-commerce accounts and the rest of your internet-centric life; it sometimes impossible to be continually coming up with creative and secure passwords. Perhaps this is why people still rely on simple numerical and alphabetical passwords, but we all know better, right? Well if you didn’t know, now you can. Starting with what not to do…
The top 10 cloud network passwords of 2015:
At the lowest end of creativity and internet security, 123456 comes in at the top of most common passwords last year. It goes without saying that this so-called password is as easy to crack as it is to remember.
The king of passwords has fallen from its throne to occupy the second spot on the list. This password represents users who haven’t chosen their unique password after a technician initially provided one for them. We hope that with the spread of awareness “password” will continue to fall from reign.
Whether this is an attempt to rebel against the “123456” crowd, or just a reaction to five-digit minimums, the verdict remains the same: this password is utterly ineffective.
This four-digit password has no excuse other than laziness. Unfortunately, even the laziest of hackers are more than clever enough to crack this password without a second thought.
Although, this is our first decent attempt at a secure password, it’s also the name of the most popular sport in the world. Maybe go for croquet or hurling instead; at least add some zeros in there. “f00tball” now you’re thinking out of the box a bit.
If this list isn’t redundant enough, “qwerty” is the alphabetical equivalent of “123456”, so refer back to #1 if you have any questions.
Length does not always lead to complexity. 10 digits, 6 digits, whatever the amount, stay away from numerical order.
See numbers 1, 3, 4 and 7.
Princess can refer to many things: a daughter, girl friend, cat, dog or career goal. Whoever the princess in your life is, give them a little character and personalization. Try something like “princessmuffincakes007”.
Whether you’re a lone wolf or a Star Wars fan, this password is weak not only for it’s small amount of characters, but also for it’s broad reference points and attachments. Besides, Star Wars is one of the largest franchises in the world, that’s like making your password “football”.
In conclusion, don’t be lazy and linear in your thinking about creating passwords. If it’s something personal and unique, you’re likely to remember it and less likely to be hacked. Use a mixture of words, numbers, capital, lower case and non-dictionary words to create secure, unique passwords. If you use special symbols like #, % and & to make it even more secure. The longer the better as well. So go ahead, include your favorite sport, dog name, lucky number and Star Wars reference. The more wacky and personal, the better.
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