Perhaps I’m different than most people, but I don’t think I would ever make my password be “password.” Why am I different? Well, a recent analysis showed that “password” was the fourth most popular password chosen by people. What takes the top spot? “123456,” which is slightly less obvious.
Now I know that when IT folks start whining about poor password choices, people always bemoan how many passwords we are required to remember these days. I agree; few people are able to create a unique password for each website and actually remember it.
So, instead, let me recommend that you just make your password better than “123456.” You see, most hackers are going for the easiest prey. Why spend precious time trying to figure out a mediocre password when “123456” is the most popular password, only to be followed by “12345.”
I admit this advice is only good until people start using more difficult passwords, but I think that day is a ways off. And even though IT people always preach about the importance of good passwords, chances are we don’t do any better.
Here are a two tips to help improve your password security:
1. Don’t use the same password for every site. While it’s difficult to have a unique password for every website, having 2-3 passwords can keep someone from gaining total access to your accounts in the event one password is compromised.
2. An easy way to create a difficult to guess password is to base it off a phrase you know. For example, a password based of the quote, “To be or not to be,” could look like “Tbontb” or “Tbon2b.” Each password would be difficult to guess, but easy to remember.