Most of us don't even think about our passwords on a daily basis, they're just another hurdle into opening our inbox, Facebook, or various online accounts, but they're there to keep you and your information safe.
Just think... on any given day there's only one password that's keeping your credit card information out of someone else's hands. Scary thought right?
Having a great password could be the difference of just 1 character.
DO use a special character!
All of the passwords on the Worst Passwords of 2012 have one thing in common, they don't feature any special characters. Almost all websites that require some form of a password to log in recommend using a special character (i.e. &, *, #, %, or @) it makes the password more complex and it's harder for a human or computer to guess.
DON'T use the same password for everything.
If someone has hacked your e-mail account they can quickly look through your e-mail to see where you shop or where you bank! From there it's a simple type in of your e-mail and password to gain access to your other accounts. The next thing you know there's a bill for an expensive gaming system, twenty bags of potato chips, and a side order of fries on your credit card bill! Or, even worse, they can log into your bank and authorize a transfer of your money into their account!
DO use a Password Managing Software.
If you are having trouble remembering all of your different passwords (for all of those separate accounts!) a Password Managing Software like RoboForm may help. It securely locks your password away and logs in to all of your accounts for you. Some web browsers do this automatically but they don't secure your password to make sure that no one else can use it. Keeping your passwords written down near your desk is helpful but all it takes is one spring-cleaning to misplace the list forever, thus it's easier to use a program that's on your computer (it's much harder to accidentally spring-clean your computer out of the house, but we suppose stranger things have happened!)
DON'T use any of the most common passwords.
Some of the more common passwords are 'qwerty', '12345678', or 'iloveyou'. The worst offender of them all is, surprisingly, 'password' it's at the top of the list for Worst Passwords of 2012. It may seem obvious but don't use it!
As always, we are here to help! Contact us if you are having any issues, password-related or otherwise, and we'll do our best to help!