What not to do when choosing your password


Passwords are often all that stand between cyber criminals and your sensitive data. Many of the services you log into are still not using a second method of authentication in addition to a password. Access to this data by unauthorised persons can lead to serious financial problems, severe damage to reputation, or embarrassment.

So why do people continue to use common and easy to guess passwords on multiple websites, often using the same ones repeatedly?

It’s easy for people to obtain your email address. If they can work out your password and get into your emails, they have the potential to access any other service you use by clicking on the “forgot password” links that many services use.

If you’re using passwords similar to the ones below, you really should change them. Things to avoid are common words, people’s names, place names, sports teams, and easily guessed sequences or repetitions of numbers. These are the most commonly used passwords, so it’s no surprise that they are also the most easily guessed, and therefore the least secure.

For example don’t use your or a family member’s birthday or anniversary date in your password. This kind of information can often to be easily obtained by hackers accessing your social media accounts.

You should also try and avoid the pitfalls of choosing something that can be easily guessed such as the name of a loved one, or the word password itself. It is best to choose random words which cannot be easily guessed, as well as random number sequences.

Here are some of the most commonly used passwords you shouldn’t use if you want to stay secure:

  • 123456
  • password
  • 12345678
  • 000000
  • trustno1
  • azerty
  • monkey
  • princess
  • password1
  • 1234
  • sunshine
  • shadow
  • qwerty
  • abc123
  • 123456789
  • 11111
  • qwertyuiop
  • adobel123
  • 123123
  • Admin
  • photoshop
  • letmein
  • ninja
  • 666666
  • asdfgh
  • dragon
  • computer
  • michael
  • Arsenal
  • charlie
  • master
  • superman
  • daniel
  • welcome
  • 112233
  • asdfasdf
  • chocolate
  • football
  • tigger
  • asdasd
  • internet
  • soccer
  • abcd1234
  • whatever
  • purple
  • matrix
  • secret
  • summer
  • snoopy
  • test
  • jesus
  • diamond
  • babygirl
  • bubbles1
  • ronaldo7
  • precious
  • freedom
  • chocolate
  • mustang
  • scooter
  • friends1
  • peaches
  • liverpool
  • 121212
  • spongebob
  • cowboys
  • Greenday1
  • hello

Now you know what not to do, read our post to find out our top tips for creating super strong passwords that will keep your information secure.

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