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Are your passwords strong enough?

Are your passwords strong enough? - Blog | Webhawk Media Services
Every Year security researchers prepare a list of username and passwords which are heavily on risk of hackers. According to the recent reports published, it was found that around 80% of web consumers were using risky password constructions, mainly containing some personnel information or common keywords.

Two usual suspects top the list are “123456” and “password,” respectively. Three Star Wars-themed passwords—“starwars,” “solo” and “princess”—are new to the list.

Password management company SplashData just released its annual round-up of the 25 worst passwords of 2015.

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. 12345
6. 123456789
7. football
8. 1234
9. 1234567
10. baseball
11. welcome
12. 1234567890
13. abc123
14. 111111
15. 1qaz2wsx
16. dragon
17. master
18. monkey
19. letmein
20. login
21. princess
22. qwertyuiop
23. solo
24. passw0rd
25. starwars

Do yourself a favor and make sure your password isn’t listed above.

What type of passwords you must avoid usually?

Mainly the cyber criminals use sophisticated tools that easily figure out your password.

Avoid using –
  • Dictionary words in any language.
  • Words that are spelled back-forth, common misspellings and abbreviations.
  • Sequenced or repeated characters or numbers on your keyboard
  • Personal information such as Name, Birth Date, Driver License, etc.

What type of passwords are recommended and you must use?

No doubt, maintaining passwords is a pain for all of us, but they are only the best security measure available right now. Tech Security companies are working on it but there is nothing then strong passwords. Mainly the cyber criminals use sophisticated tools that easily figure out your password.

Must Use –
  • 8 to 24 characters long
  • lower case letters
  • 1234567890 (numerals)
  • !@#$%^&*()_-",'/?|\<>., (Special Characters)
We recommend you to create long, random passwords that are hard to guess. Try to make a combination of letters (including different cases), numbers, and symbols. Use unique password for every major account you have including banking, email, Paypal, social networks, and any other website that has your credit card or bank detail. Keep a copy of your all passwords, we would recommend to note it down in your personal diary, which you always kept at home. Alternatively you can use password managers to manage all your passwords.

You should also use multi-factor authentication whenever it’s offered to keep your accounts extra safe. That way if you ever lose control of your password, malicious hackers won’t be able to break into your account without the numeric code generated on your smartphone. Most major services support multi-factor authentication, including Microsoft, Facebook, Gmail, Amazon, and Twitter etc.

We know keeping your accounts secure is not so simple, but if you follow some basics then it’s not that hard to keep you away from the hackers.

Enjoy !!!
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