Passwords

Passwords

Most people make their passwords too weak, and they use the same password for many accounts. The problem with using the same password for more than one accounts is that if one account gets hacked, then all the other accounts that use the same password are then vulnerable to also getting hacked.

To help prevent this from happening, use strong and secure passwords,  change your passwords often. Many accounts require you to change your password at predetermined intervals. Corporate password policies vary from requiring you to change your password from every six weeks, to every quarter. Web banking accounts are one of those types of accounts that require you to change your account password often.

Most email accounts don’t require you to ever change your password, which is bad, and because of that, they are often hacked, because hackers can run password breaking programs on your email account, for long periods of time, because they know that you don’t ever have to change your email password.

You should still change all of your account passwords often, to help prevent your accounts from being hacked. Email accounts when they get hacked, are usually hacked to maliciously spread viruses. How many of us know someone’s email account that has been hacked, because someone is sending out email in their name, without their knowledge, or their consent?

The top ten passwords that people use (that you should never use) are:
123456
password
welcome
ninja
abc123
123456789
12345678
sunshine
princess
qwerty

The top ten base words that are used for passwords (that you should never use) are:
password
welcome
qwerty
monkey
jesus
money
freedom
ninja
writer

Here is a very good article from Microsoft, about creating strong passwords:
https://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/passwords-create.aspx

There are many web sites to help you create a password that is easier to remember, but yet that is still secure. Here is one of my favorite web sites for creating a secure, but easier to remember password:
www.safepasswd.com

Check to see if how secure your current and your new password is, using these web sites:
https://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/password-checker.aspx

https://howsecureismypassword.net/
 

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Passwords Most people make their passwords too weak, and they use the same password for many accounts. The problem with using the same password for more than one accounts is that if one account gets hacked, then all the other accounts that use the same password are then vulnerable to also getting hacked. To help…