The rules governing passwords and what is considered reasonably safe are pretty well understood. However, a survey in 2013 showed that of a random sampling of 1000 internet users, fully 77% had passwords that could be broken by off the shelf software in a matter of minutes. Essentially they are sitting ducks. Don’t want to end up a duck on a scammer’s dinner table? Follow these 10 rules to a safe password.
Yes, some of these are surprisingly obvious but you would be amazed how many people think it will never happen to them…until it does.
So, what are the most popular passwords people use? In order of popularity we have shared them below. These are the passwords that are cracked in the first 1 second of a program crunching possible passwords. Heck, you could probably walk around the office and try them on your co-workers machines. Chances are you will get into one.
The danger when I discuss passwords is that people's eye glaze over and they get this, "I Know, I know" look on their face. Problem is, they may know but they still don't do anything about it. Passwords are pretty easy to crack with any number of programs you can buy on line. Please, take a few minutes and implement these suggestions, maybe turn on your firewall too....remember that?
Chris Bachman is a business consultant and Project Director at ProClassWebDesign.com as well as a self confessed serial entrepreneur. He is a regular writer on topics pertaining to marketing, SEO, and business websites as well as an instructor and independent consultant. Learn more about Chris Bachman on Google+ or LinkedIn.