Passwords are the bane of my existence. If I can remember them, they’re too lightweight to be safe. If I make them complex and hack-safe, I can’t use them because no way can I remember them.
I have to admit, more often than not, I err on the side of creating passwords that I can remember to avoid the frustration of being locked out of my credit cards and bank accounts.
My husband has been very concerned about my password recklessness so I decided to do some research on the Web to learn if I was indeed putting our security at risk. Well imagine my surprise when 3 of my passwords showed up on SplashData.com’s list of the most popular (and easily hacked) passwords for last year! (See below)
That cured me. Here it is the beginning of 2019 and I’m still using passwords from 10 years ago. Deep sigh. It is clearly time to change my ways! I looked for help in creating new passwords and found it at at FinancialHealth.net. In an article: How to Hack-Proof Your Passwords. They provided a guide that helped me create complex enough passwords that could not be easily hacked and ones my mind had a fighting chance of remembering.
So, here’s the pesky list of (DO NOT USE) passwords I promised you. Hopefully yours will not be on it! Thank you SplashData!
The top 25 most frequently hacked passwords:
20. [email protected]#$%^&*
If you do find that you’re using any of these passwords or if you finally decided that you want to beef up your internet vulnerability, change your passwords NOW. TODAY. Here’s some help… How to Hack-Proof Your Passwords. FinancialHealth.net