If the security of your home is important to you, then that means you place high importance to the safety of your personal information as well. Nowadays, there is an increasing number of accounts in social media and e-mail getting hacked. This poses a big threat to the safety of your personal data which just emphasizes the importance of creating strong passwords.
Even though there is a need for creating strong passwords, many still resort to easy to remember and no-brainer ones. Some do this just to make sure that they don’t forget their password when they log-in to any account that they have. Others do so to make logging in a breeze.
Even if that is the case, you have to think of your security first before anything else. This means creating hard to crack passwords that only you can remember.
What Passwords to Avoid
In creating or updating your roster of passwords we have listed down the ones that you should stay away from. These are known to be some of the worst passwords of 2014.
Similar to the previous year’s lists of worst passwords, the common denominator of most included in our list is that most are simple numeric progression. Aside from this, another observation is that some are a combination of giveaway terms plus numeric progression.
In checking and analyzing the worst passwords listed, it is also apparent that some users just add another number to the progression to either (1) meet the length of the requested password or (2) change their password when it has expired or has been compromised.
Here is a rundown of the worst passwords to use for your personal safety:
Strengthening Your Security with Passwords
If you have seen any of your passwords included in the list, it is in your best interest to change it as soon as you can. You are very susceptible to getting hacked and this may mean that you will not be able to gain access and control to your account.
You have to stop thinking about having a simple password that is easy to memorize or remember. Safety of your personal information should come first and that means coming up with unique passwords.
Here are some simple steps to take in creating a strong password for any of your accounts:
- Do not use any of the passwords listed above
- Make sure that you combine a mixture of alphanumeric and special symbols
- For the alphanumeric characters mix it up with lower and upper case letters
- Don’t just use one word for your password
- Don’t just substitute a certain letter in your password with obvious replacements such as 3 for e, @ for a, or 0 for O
How to Remember Your New Password
One of the hurdles that people have in creating strong passwords is that they are afraid that they will forget it. It is not recommended for people to resort to writing down their password just to remember it. This defeats the purpose of creating a strong password. One way to help you recall your password is by creating an acronym for it.