Your Password Stinks…And It’s Easy To Guess
Your password stinks. You know it. I know it. And the American people know it. As if you needed proof, I have it just in case. Every year there are more data breaches, and more identities being stolen. Unfortunately, a lot of times these are self-inflicted wounds that could have been prevented.
I’m willing to bet many of you reading this will find a current, or former, phrase that appears on this list. If it’s former – good! Go forth and never do it again. If it’s current, report immediately for a public flogging.
That’s the only possible explanation for why you keep using easy to guess passwords. I know – it’s tough love. But I have to tell you for your own good. And for your financial and identity security. Would you leave the keys to car or house in plain sight on your front porch? No – but you’ll write your password on a sticky note and hide it underneath your keyboard. Like shooting fish in a barrel.
But you say “I’m not lazy!” with great passion. I get it. But sorry – if you can’t take 30 seconds to change your password, then you’re lazy. However, I’m willing to bet some of you aren’t uninspired, just uniformed. Ignorant of the dangers that are waiting for you out there.
Ouch! Did that get your attention? Well, it’s not a bad word. Just a statement of fact. I’m ignorant of how to do brain surgery. That doesn’t mean I’m stupid. Ignorance is defined as “lacking knowledge or awareness in general”. See? Did it say ‘stupid’? Nope.
So you basically lack knowledge or awareness. Now the question is, is it intentional or unintentional? If you bury your head in the sand, it won’t go away. Hoping you won’t get hacked is not really a good strategy. Hoping the other guy gets hacked is not cool. You lose Karma points for that.
Ah! Now, here’s something I can help with. If you want to learn how to set and use strong passwords, check out the video. Make sure you also watch THIS VIDEO on using Two-Factor Authentication. It’s a nice complement to this lesson. Don’t overthink it. If you follow my suggestions, you will be in the top 5% for online security. Which allows you to taunt others who are in the 95%.
Here is the 2015 List of the Worst Passwords, courtesy of SplashData. Now, go forth and never commit a password sin again. As for you Star Wars fans – 21, 23 and 25…really? So lame.
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