Due to the increasing amount of cybercrime, your accounts are more likely to be hacked than ever before. While avoiding unfamiliar links and phishing emails helps keep your accounts safe, sometimes hackers access your account by guessing your password. Over the past few years, over 61 million passwords have been leaked. Don't let yours be one of them. Follow the tips below when creating a new password to keep your accounts secure.
Use a different password for different accounts
Most of us, including myself, are guilty of using the same password for multiple accounts. Why? Because it is hard to remember a lot of different passwords, and resetting your password every time you go to sign in is tedious. Unfortunately, if a hacker gains access to one of your accounts, they will be able to access them all. It is safer to use different passwords for different accounts and there are apps that can store your passwords, so you will never have to hit the "forgot my password" button again.
Don't include obvious favorite things
If it's obvious to your Facebook friends that you're a diehard Patriots fan based off of your Patriots cover photo, then it will be obvious to hackers as well, so don't include your favorite team in your password. The same goes for your favorite musicians, brands, etc. It was found that Skittles, Coca-Cola, and Ferrari are the most popular brands that are easily guessed in passwords, but don't risk it with the inclusion of other brands.
Don't use adjacent keys
I have had many people suggest using adjacent keys when creating a password to remember it better. While it may make it easier for you to remember, it also makes it easier for hackers to guess.
Based off the tips above, I recommend creating a unique password for each account. This may include uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers. There are many free password managers, so no need to worry about forgetting yours. A few of my favorites include 1Password, Dashlane Password Manager, and Keeper Password Manager.
For more tips on how to keep your data secure, check out Cybersecurity Tips that Won't Cost your Business.