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Did Your Password Make The "Worst Passwords" List? Try These Password Security Tips.

Feb 26, 2020, 13:56 PM
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“123456.” Is this your password to your financial accounts? It’s easy enough to remember, which means you won’t be getting locked out of your account anytime soon. But is it so easy that you increase your risk of being hacked?  

SplashData, a company which provides password management applications just released its annual “Worst Passwords of 2019 List,” in an effort to encourage the adoption of stronger passwords. So, after reviewing the list, how do your passwords stack up?

Why does it matter? Creating a strong password decreases the chances of a hacker easily figuring out your password and logging in to your accounts. This is the reason why most websites call for case-sensitive passwords with numbers and/or symbols. The problem is most people are still using easy-to-guess passwords like: 123456.

So, what makes for a good password? Keep these password security tips in mind.

  • The longer the better. Security experts now recommend passwords be 15+ characters long.
  • Make it unique and think outside the box. Use special symbols you’ve never used before such as: !@#$%>&*(){}[].
  • Don’t re-use passwords. If you’re using the same password on multiple sites, hackers will most likely try the password they do know across others you frequent and may have success logging in. Take the time to create individual passwords for every account. 
  • Use a phrase. Avoid obvious and easy guessable passwords like “password’ or “123456.” Or anything on the list for that matter. You’ll also want to avoid using any information that can be gathered from your social media accounts, like pet names, email addresses, names, places, etc. Start with a meaningful phrase and add numbers, capital letters and symbols.

Thinking “how in the world will I ever remember all of these passwords?” There are a variety of passwords managers out there (both free and subscription based) which can help you keep track. The key is to do your research and read reviews to ensure it is safe and secure. And be sure to visit our Fraud Protection page for more information about how to make sure your personal information stays safe.

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