Passwords. These days, we all have about a million of them. Passwords for shopping sites. Passwords for bank accounts. Netflix, Hulu, your kid's school website. The list is endless. It's hard to come up with them and remember them. So what do most of us end up doing? Using some easy-to-figure out password even the dumbest of criminals could crack. The security firm Splashdata has releases it's annual list of the "Worst Passwords." I would be anything you use at least one or two of these. Check out the list below and then take a look at our creative suggestions for coming up with better ones that no one will figure out.
I have personally been guilty of using at least three of these. I know I'm not alone. If you have one of the above, change it immediately. Security is especially important considering how many hackers are breaking into computers, networks, and databases in order to steal our information. Why make it easier for them. Here are some creative ways to come up with super-secure and easy to remember passwords:
- name of your college + house number of your childhood home
- name of your first pet + your first boyfriend
- that really hot professor you had a crush on + the street you live on
- favorite TV character + favorite movie character
- your grandmother's name + favorite vacation spot
- favorite color + name or college + graduation year
What other ways can we come up with secure passwords?
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