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What’s the Password?

What’s the Password?

 

Tornadoes? Hurricanes? Weak passwords?

According to the World Economic Forum, cyber attacks are the third most pressing threat, behind only extreme weather events and natural disasters. One reasons is because consumers are terrible at creating original passwords they can remember for each website.1

We also tend to use one easily decipherable password across multiple websites. This means once hackers crack the code, they have access to every place we visit, from bank accounts to our favorite shops with credit card numbers already stored.

 

Hackers’ first attempts at guessing passwords begin with common terms we choose from pop culture and sports. In addition to a predictable combination of numbers and the old standy, “password,” here are others on the list of 2018’s most popular passwords:2

 

  • princess
  • welcome
  • password
  • sunshine
  • qwerty
  • iloveyou
  • donald
  • football

 

To help develop an effective password system, think of yourself as a code creator. The ideal password should be long, incorporate lower and uppercase letters and include special characters and numbers. Work on coming up with a code that has no special reference to anything in your life and includes a  pattern you can remember.

Better yet, rather than memorizing an ever-growing list of logins, using a password manager like LastPass keeps all your passwords protected and easily accessible to you alone.

 

1 Laura Nash. World Economic Forum. June 5, 2018. “Here are the world’s most popular passwords – they’re also the world’s worst.” https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/06/popular-passwords-threaten-cyber-security-privacy. Accessed Dec. 18, 2018.

2 Melanie Ehrenkranz. Gizmodo. Dec. 13, 2018. “The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2018 Will Make You Feel Like a Security Genius.” https://gizmodo.com/the-25-most-popular-passwords-of-2018-will-make-you-fee-1831052705. Accessed Jan. 3, 2019.

 

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