I was amused to read the latest “pop chart” for passwords on Ars Technica, where they published the top 25 from SplashData’s annual survey. It’s interesting that their raw data came from passwords published as a result of the Adobe hack, which in itself illustrates the importance of not using the same password on all your on-line accounts.
So not only should you use a hard to guess password, you should also use a unique one for each on-line account. That way, even if someone discovers one of your passwords they won’t be able to use that anywhere else.
However, in another Ars article there may be some good news, as it seems the number of people using those chart topping passwords is actually decreasing.
I’m hoping you won’t spot your own favourite passwords in the top 25 but if you do there are some simple things you can do.
- Use a password Manager
- Chose unique passwords made up of random letters, numbers and other characters (e.g. $,%,&)
- Don’t be afraid to write them down somewhere safe and in a way that doesn’t hint at what they are to anyone else.