Are you like me when it comes to your online passwords?
February 11, 2020
You create a personal password that includes the name of your kids or your dog, and then you use it over and over again because you don’t want to keep looking it up over and over again?
Let’s assume, yes.
Even riskier, are you someone who uses an easy-peasy word or number sequence that requires little thought and limited dexterity and effort on the part of your fingers?
Then you are like many people.
The problem with these easy-to-remember passwords is that if they are easy for you to remember then it’s safe to assume that hackers will find you easy to hack.
SplashData released its list of the Worst Passwords of 2019. Each year the tech security firm evaluates millions of leaked passwords used by most computer users that year.
The top passwords don’t vary much year-to-year, which means people are slow to change their habits. (Lucky for the hackers.)
The Top 10 Worst Passwords of 2019
- Iloveyou (awww 💖)
Want to see even more passwords?
- The first name on the list is #29 – michael.
- The first city in England or the professional football club is #31 – liverpool.
- “The Donald” just might be #34 – donald.
- People having a bad day is #49 – biteme.
Prevent the Hack
Having your password land in the wrong hands can ruin your life. You’ll feel the repercussions of a hacker accessing your bank account for years. The hassle of a compromised social media account can wreak havoc, not to mention how nervewracking it would be knowing someone could take over your online identity and write ANYTHING they want in your voice.
Three tips for securing online passwords:
- Hackers love security bugs, which is why you want to updating your software and operating systems when your computer tells you.
- Use a password manager on your computer and mobile phones. Many now have facial recognition for easy access to your phone apps and programs. I use LastPass as my password manager of choice.
- Listen to this podcast for easy tips for how to keep your passwords and online information safe.