Top 25 Most Common Passwords 2014- Splashdata
Passwords are digital currency, yet most of us put little thought into creating them. A case in point: the most common passwords of 2015 are “123456” and “password.”
Although there is no sure-fire way to prevent identity fraud, you turn your password from hackable to uncrackable by following these 10 top tips:
- Gimme 10. Create passwords that are at least 10 characters, so they are difficult to break.
- Mix it up. Use numbers, symbols and letters – capital and lowercase – as well as variations on punctuation, spelling and capitalization.
- One-of-a-kind. Designate a unique password for each website.
- ([email protected]$!) Make sure passwords do not contain common dictionary words or phrases. Instead, create a random sentence and build a unique password from the initials with a mix of symbols and numbers.
- Not so personal. Never create a password that contains your birthday, anniversary date, graduation date and other personal dates that may appear on public websites or in social media.
- Remember the two-step … as in two-factor authentication to ensure a secure login process. It’s like when you make a transaction at a bank that requires your bankcard and a PIN number. Set up your online passwords in the same way.
- Know the code. Protect mobile phones, iPads and other hand-held devices with passwords.
- Free Wi-Fi…or not. That’s because it could be a gateway to stealing your personal information. Access sensitive accounts using a secure and private Internet connection.
- Log off. Identity thieves may be lurking in public places to steal your password, so be sure to log off of any accounts when using public computers or devices.
- Don’t write it down. A password, that is.
For more best practices in password security and to learn about InfoArmor’s newest password management solutions, visit InfoArmor. Also, make plans to attend CyberSmarts, InfoArmor’s free webinar that shines a light on emerging fraud issues. If you are an individual, please attend our CyberSmarts webinar for consumers at 8 a.m. PST. If you are an employer, please attend our CyberSmarts webinar for employers at 11 a.m. PST.