Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Protect Your Password

Identity theft and theft of personal information is on the increase and hackers are becoming more technically advanced all the time. That's why it is more important than ever that computer users create theft proof passwords to avoid identity theft.

Two of the most common ways passwords can be stolen is through thieves skimming information on social networking sites as well as bots trolling sites and automatically trying the most commonly used passwords first.

Imperva were able to compile the following list of the most common and worst used passwords,

1. 123456
2. 12345
3. 123456789
4. Password
5. iloveyou
6. princess
7. facebook, or twitter
8. 1234567
9. 12345678
10. abc123
11. Nicole
12. Daniel
13. babygirl
14. monkey
15. Jessica
16. Lovely
17. Michael
18. Ashley
19. 654321
20. Qwerty

Tips for Creating Safe Passwords

  • Regularly change your passwords - ideally several times a year
  • Use different passwords for every site you use
  • Keep your passwords random
  • Mix up numbers, letters, and capitalization
  • Don't use actual words, make a password from a sentence for example: I love my wife and two children - ilmwa2c
  • Do not use letter or numerical sequences for example: abc123
  • Don't use the name of the service in your password for example: facebook123

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