Do you take password security seriously? Here’s why you should

You’ve no doubt seen it all over the Internet, the dire warning to keep your passwords secure. Yet, how many of us actually take this seriously?

The fact is, in this day and age, every single connected device is a sitting duck for hackers looking to exploit your trusting nature. So use these tips to stay at least one step ahead in terms of the passwords you use:

Longer passwords are better than complex passwords

16 characters is considered a good length for passwords because they are more difficult to crack. When setting your passwords, keep them as subjective as possible – apply weird versions of words that you like or admire. This makes it easier for you to remember them.

Use a mix of characters

Numbers, letters in both upper and lower case and even symbols should ideally be used in your passwords. Also, don’t group your symbols in the order they appear on your keyboard. This is an age old trick for memory, but also one known to hackers.

Change them every few months

Not once a month, that’s just silly. But every couple of months, you should definitely change your passwords to ensure that you are making it that much harder for bad guys to gain access to your accounts.

Don’t EVER share passwords

Rather create unique logins for others than sharing passwords. We understand, for social media, that this is not possible, so if you are part of a team that needs access to a single account, use a social scheduling programme instead.

Use a strong password generator if you can’t think of one

We like Norton’s Identity Safe password generator to create unique random passwords that are secure.

Passwords to avoid

Here is a list of the top 10 most common passwords of 2016. We understand people set them this way so that they don’t forget them, but hackers are very clever so try to not make it too easy for them:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. querty
  4. 12345678
  5. 111111
  6. 1234567890
  7. 1234567
  8. password
  9. 123123
  10. 987654321