People have used some of the worst passwords over the years, and it’s important to create good passwords in order to protect your personal information.
We use passwords for everything from online banking to social media profiles. Weak passwords leave your private information vulnerable to theft. The article “These Are the 25 Worst Passwords of 2012,” by Olivia B. Waxman, offers advice for creating better passwords. “You should have different passwords for all your accounts. To make it easier to remember them all, try to think about passwords as passphrases.” Instead of choosing one word passwords, combine different words to make up a unique and memorable phrase. The additional words add strength to your password. For increased security, you can include numbers, a mix of upper and lowercase letters, and symbols in your password. Waxman further reminds users to never share passwords with others.
Fortunately, many websites provide a strength guide for creating password. This forces uses to form better passwords. However, it’s still important to develop the strongest password possible, even if a website doesn’t require your password to pass through a strength test.
With the help of Waxman’s password advice and a little bit of creativity, your private information will be secured by passwords.
Here is the complete list of the worst passwords in 2012. If you see yours on this list, it’s probably time to change it.