Better passwords – and why you can’t use the same one for more than one thing anymore

Password

You’ve probably heard how even companies like Adobe or Target or many others cannot be relied upon to keep your details safe anymore. In fact, if you use the same password on more than one site then the chances are that eventually your password will be out in the open along with your email address – for everything.

So it’s time your password wasn’t the same for any two things – how do you do this? You should set a password with a variable and stick to it. So, for example:

Password: interview

Plus a capital letter: intervieW

Plus a special character: &

Plus a number: 55

Plus a variable: the letter after the first letter of whatever you are trying to log in to

For Facebook: intervieW&55g

For Google: intervieW&55h

For Twitter: intervieW&55u

Don’t follow what I’ve suggested here – I don’t – but this kind of pattern will make it harder to guess your password and easy for you to remember. Just remember to stick to it.

What else should you do?

2-step verification is an absolute must for any admin users – this means that you will be sent an SMS message when someone tries to log in to your account on a new device. So the user would need to have access to your mobile phone as well as your password.

PS. The most common passwords of 2013 are as follows so if you’re using one of these then you’re truly in trouble.

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. 123456789
7. 111111
8. 1234567
9. iloveyou
10. adobe123
11. 123123
12. admin
13. 1234567890
14. letmein
15. photoshop
16. 1234
17. monkey
18. shadow
19. sunshine
20. 12345
21. password1
22. princess
23. azerty
24. trustno1
25. 000000