Cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, resulting in more cyberattacks than ever.
Here are a few common mistakes to avoid, as well as Tips and Tricks to protect yourself against password exposure.
Simple & Common Passwords
Short, simple, common passwords put you at greatest risk for exposure. Below are the Top 5 most common passwords used by people around the world:
Reusing passwords and using “default” passwords.
It’s tempting to use a memorable password across multiple accounts or online portals. Don’t! Using the same password puts your account(s) at risk as much as a using a weak password. If your password is discovered by an attacker, any accounts with the same password would be accessible. Using a “default” password for multiple logins and only changing one character isn’t a secure practice either.
Using common phrases, famous quotes or song lyrics.
Password cracking programs search out common words or phrases.
Using passwords or PIN’s that are based on personal information.
Avoid creating passwords that include personally relevant information such as birthday, anniversary, address, etc.
Writing down your passwords.
Many businesses have policies against their employees writing down passwords. Keeping a written record at home can also put your login credentials at risk. If you keep a record of your login credentials, be sure to keep it in a secure, locked location to which only you have access.
Tips and Tricks:
Change the spelling and organization of words or phrases to protect yourself against a Dictionary Attack.
A dictionary attack is a hacking method where common words or phrases are tested to uncover your password. If punctuation, numbers, alternating caps and lower case text and symbols are used in addition to altering the spelling, it could keep your data safer.
Passphrases are also more secure and are becoming the “norm” when setting up login credentials.