Strong passwords are a good defence against persistent cyber attackers but weak passwords can be the entryway to confidential data and operating systems.
While there are so many types of passwords that are easy for hackers to guess, here are four quick examples of ones to avoid:
Birthdays and anniversary dates are definitely days that are memorable and hard to forget (hopefully) but that kind of information is easily accessible on the internet. So many people share their birthdays or anniversaries on social media that it would only take a quick search to discover that information.
It seems pretty obvious but so many people will use “password” as their actual login password. Out of apparent convenience, or even laziness, this is a slippery slope to inviting a hacker to steal information.
Sequence of Numbers or Letters
“ABC is as easy as 123” is true in the world of cyber security and data protection. Using a predictable sequence of letters or numbers is a risk that isn’t worth taking when it comes to creating a complex password.
Using the name of the website or service as a password is not a great idea. It’s a simple tactic that people use without considering the risk.
There are even tools, like password managers, that can create complex passwords, read more on the benefits of password managers here.