5 Most Common Password Mistakes of 2013

5 Most Common Password Mistakes of 2013

Written By: Piyush Bhatnagar

password-cracking-shutterstockUnfortunately in this day and age, password theft is a major issue for many Internet users. All aspects of our viral lives are guarded by the passwords we choose, from our online bank accounts to our email logins. In a bid to make our experience with logging-in to these various sites as easy as possible, many of us use easily memorable, weak and common passwords.

If you identify as one of these people, you are providing hackers with easy access to your private life and secure information. Let’s have a look at 5 of the most common password mistakes of 2013.

1. “Password”

If you have ignored all warning signs for the last fifteen years, and your password still remains as this, it is perhaps the equivalent of leaving your computer outside in the street and simply inviting passers-by to empty your bank account. In a security breach of RockYou in 2009 (they settled with the FTC in 2012) revealed 61,958 users were using “password”. Don’t be lazy. It might be easy to remember but it is a far cry from fool proof.

2. Strings of consecutive numbers or letters 

The RockYou security breech revealed that 290,731 users were putting the cunning “123456” password into use. Ultimately, a cat could walk across your laptop keyboard and inadvertently gain access to your accounts.

3. ILoveYou

Many people continue to put themselves at risk by using this weak, loving, but weak password. Your computer is not capable of emotion. If this is your password, change it!

4. LetMeIn

A reported 3 million people in 2013 fell short of creating a password too difficult for a seven year old to guess on their first attempt. Really. Hackers are aware of the most commonly chosen passwords and are quick to test when trying to break into your accounts.

5. Sex 

Using a sexual term as a password (I’m not here to judge) unfortunately enters you into a very large group. With over 3 million people reportedly using variations of the term ‘sex’, you can easily be hacked. Don’t run the risk. Put some thought into your password, add symbols and capitalise certain letters to keep those pesky hackers at bay.

Don’t make things simple for hackers. Identity theft is expensive, so don’t run the risk of being the next victim.

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About the Author

Piyush Bhatnagar

Piyush is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder at Authomate. Piyush founded the company in 2012 to simplify online security and bring strong authentication to every aspect of life without any added complexity. His responsibilities as CTO include leading innovation, developing product vision and product development.

Piyush is a seasoned technology executive, entrepreneur and consultant with experience in technology development and management. During his 25 year career prior to starting Authomate, he worked for defense, information technology, and network security companies, where he built an extensive resume managing global software teams and executing product strategy.

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