When making a new password, do you go for something that is memorable? Maybe your mother’s maiden name, your furry little friend, or something completely random like sloth98? In our industry clients often share their passwords with us for domains and servers and while some are strong and difficult to hack, others are simple and often strongly related to their business, which means they’re the perfect victim when it comes to hacking (seriously, your business name, followed by 123 just isn’t going to cut it).
Gone are the days of using the same easy to remember password across all platforms. It is important that we move away from this idea in order to protect your security online.
What you should consider when making a password is using something that is hard to hack!
Now, you may be thinking how in the world am I going to remember a difficult password? It already has to have a minimum of 8 characters, should include capital letters, numbers and special characters. Well, there are some great solutions to managing your passwords such as lastpass and even browsers like Google Chrome for storing your password.
Tips for making an unhackable password
Long: Make it long! It is likely that a robot script is trying to guess your password so the longer it is, the harder it will be for the script to try every combination. It’s possible that with modern GPU systems cracking attempt rate of 7 billion per second can be achieved. An 8 character alpha-numeric password can be broken in 30 seconds! On the other hand, a 13 character password would take more than 900,000 years at that rate.
Random: A short password just isn’t going to cut it. While you may be tempted to relate it to your name or business, it isn’t a great idea. Choosing random words and characters is the best way to protect your accounts online.
Despite us knowing that hackers are out there, waiting to hack our Tiktoks and Facebook accounts, we really do believe it isn’t going to happen to us. But, the truth is it can. Do you really want your social media accounts hacked, for them to have access to all your information and to message all your friends, pretending to be you? I don’ think so.
It seems we humans are quite predictable and it really doesn’t take long for dedicated hacking software to crack passwords. A lot of us combine obvious words with numbers, often adding small variations that are actually pretty easy to guess.
If you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to come up with a secure password, we’ve got you. A great tool to use is a password generator like last pass. They create long passwords with multiple characters making them as secure as a password can get! This can literally make a password a million times harder to guess.
Now that you know sloth98 isn’t going to cut it as your Instagram password, here are 50 of the most used passwords you definitely want to avoid!
The 50 most used password list:
If this article doesn’t have you quickly changing your passwords to make them all secure, I don’t know what will. Actually, this article by Buzzfeed definitely will. Check out some of the craziest hacking stories that actually happened to people.