How to choose a secure password

Ladies and gentlemen, the list of the worst and most used password from 2017 is in and it is chocking! The password management provider, SplashDatareleased their annual list of “Worst Passwords of the Year” using data from 5 million leaked passwords from users in North America and Western Europe. Below are the worst but also the most used passwords from 2017.

List of 2017’s worst passwords:

1. 123456

2. Password

3. 12345678

4. qwerty

5. 12345

6. 123456789

7. letmein

8. 1234567

9. football

10. iloveyou

11. admin

12. welcome

13. monkey

14. login

15. abc123

16. starwars

17. 123123

18. dragon

19. passw0rd

20. maste

21. hello

22. freedom

23. whatever

24. qazwsx

25. trustno1

 “Password”!? Come on people!

How secure is your password?

How secure is your email? Unencrypted emails can be intercepted and read freely we all know that, but one of the biggest dangers still is people hacking into your computer.

Passwords are the digital keys to our social media, our work and banking and payment services. We want to keep our passwords private to protect our personal lives, including our financial information. Cybercriminals may want to hack into your computer or email accounts due to the financial gain that hacking bank accounts can bring.

There are many ways that hackers can crack your password outside of phishing attempts and spyware. Your best defense against email hackers is a strong password. But how do you create a password both difficult to guess and easy to remember? And  long enough but still speedy to type? 

One method is by attempting to log on to your account and guessing your password based off of personal information gained from your security questions. This is why it is extremely important not to include any personal information in your passwords and more importantly never use the same password for different accounts!

How to create a secure password?

1. Create a strong password by putting together a series of characters consisting of numbers, special characters, uppercase and lowercase letters. The password should be at least 12 characters long. Or choose a passphrase consisting of randomly selected words, at least 20 characters.

2. Never choose a password that can be linked to you, such as the vehicle registration plate or your social security number.

3. Do not use common words like "summer" or combinations like "qwerty" (characters in a sequence on the keyboard).

4. Always use a different password for different logins.

5. Use two-factor authentication when logging in if there is an option to. Two-factor authentication is achieved by combining two security methods, such as simultaneously entering a secret password and creating a PIN on the mobile for example. 

6. Never give your password to anyone. Ever.

And if you still can’t think of a secure enough password you can always use a trusted password manager, a software / service that creates and stores complicated passwords to get unique and hard-passwords.

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