If your password is on this list then you're making it a whole lot easier for hackers AND your flatmates...
Here are the top 10 most common passwords used in 2016 (across the US and Europe):
- 123456 (-)
Others in the top 25 include: 1111111, 1qaz2wsx (look at your keyboard), monkey, login, princess, starwars and various 12345.... combinations.
So, how do you create a strong password - and remember it!
Nowadays passwords are usually required to be at least 8 characters, with a combination of letter cases and numbers. But if you had 'password' before, you've probably set this as 'Password123' - AM I RIGHT?
An 8 character all lower case password could take a hacker 3.5 MINUTES to guess. By changing one character to uppercase, it would take almost 15 HOURS!
Sadly, deterring a hacker for a few hours doesn't give much peace of mind considering your bank details can now be accessed online...
So, create your own cryptic code:
- Make it longer - aim for 12-14 characters
- Mix it up - use a mixture of numbers, symbols, capitalised and lowercase letters
- Avoid dictionary words and phrases e.g. cheese or smellycheese
- Avoid obvious substitutions! e.g. switching an O with a zero
This is a good one... P3Tw@L1pAP3r...and you can still remember it!