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. Common words, people’s names, place names, sports teams, and easily guessed sequences or repetitions of numbers are the most commonly used passwords.
Read this post for our tips on creating super strong passwords that no-one will be able to guess, or figure out just by knowing you or digging up information about you online.