12 Password Mistakes That Hackers Hope You’ll Make
Passwords are supposed to keep us safe, but they can be an open door for hackers to attack our finances and identity. Here’s how you can protect yourself.
Using malicious password generators
Choosing passwords you can’t remember
“I find that the most effective passwords meet a couple of criteria. First, they are complex in length and structure, use no or few words, and can be easily remembered. Phrases from lyrics and rhymes work for me. Take Jack and Jill as an example. There are many different passwords a user could create simply from a nursery rhyme that has nothing to do with your family, pets, dates, or locations and can be easy to remember. J&JwUth3H1ll or J4ckAJ1llwUptH1!! These are strong passwords yet memorable.” —Terry Ray, Senior Vice President at Imperva. Here’s the simple password that got one of the most famous hackers hacked.
Not using a reputable password manager
“How can you keep track of all of these passwords? Not on sticky notes or on files you save to your computer called passwords! We recommend simple-to-use password managers such as LastPass or similar to securely manage your passwords and secret ‘codes.’” —Greg Keller, Chief Strategy Officer at JumpCloud. Next, find out how one click can keep your information safe on public Wi-Fi.