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Can we guess your Facebook password?

By FLEmma 07 Feb 2017

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):

  1.  123456  (-)
  2. password  
  3. 12345678 
  4. qwerty 
  5.  12345 
  6. 123456789
  7. football  
  8. 1234 
  9. 1234567 
  10. baseball 

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! 
(Pet wallpaper) 

It's time to stop handing out your password on a plate by setting it as something obvious - AND using the same one for every account!

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