Stop Making These Common Password Faux Pas

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IT technicians routinely discuss the ridiculous nature of password protection people use for their online accounts. They liken weak passwords to securing bank accounts with nothing but good intentions. Almost 5 million people use "Dragon" and "Princess" as passwords – the size of Alabama’s population.

An estimated 3.2 million folks use sex-related terms to protect their bank accounts, email addresses, PCs, and Mac books. There’s no need to list relevant terms; let your mind wander into the gutter and you’ll probably pick up a few dirty ideas. (Just to give you an idea, 696969 is in the top 10 of most easily guessed passwords.)

Still not convinced? Here are some of the most used, most easily guessed passwords. If yours is on this list, consider changing it:

  • 123456
  • password
  • querty
  • abc123
  • trustno1
  • 1234567
  • superman
  • 1111
  • yankees
  • biteme

We Love Sports, but These Passwords Will Not Leave You on the Winning Team

Sports fans abound, and it’s great for building camaraderie. However, when you’re trying to secure your online bank accounts, email accounts or social media accounts, you certainly don’t want to be using a password like Baseball, Football, Hockey or Tennis. As inane as these words sound as passwords, there are millions of people who continue to use “Baseball” and “Football “as their go-to password selections for securing sensitive data.

Sports fans would be better served by choosing the names of their favorite teams, perhaps even their favorite players instead of the generic name of their preferred sport. Some 5.7 million people continue to use weak, generic sports passwords protect their data. To get a better understanding of how many people make this mistake, it’s almost double the number of people who are thinking about sex while not using the best password manager tools.

Avoid Highly Guessable Keywords

Still not convinced? There are so many password blunders out there, it’s difficult to wrap your head around the idiocy of some of these words. Believe it or not, 3 million people use the password LetMeIn as their secure catchphrase. Any modifications to this password would make it near impossible to guess. Perhaps, LetMeInUncle? or LetMeInSister? or LetMeInBrewster will suffice. But no, 3 million people prefer to use the standard term: LetMeIn.

There are many people who really enjoy using animal names as their favorite passwords. While terms like Horse and Donkey are fairly low on the spectrum, Monkey ranks right up there. Some 2.9 million people use the term Monkey to secure all their personal data. It comes as no surprise that Monkey is chosen above many other animal names, given that these mischievous little creatures have great big smiles and are up to no good.

On a similar note, love and romance always resonate with people. The three most dangerous words to use as a password, or in real life, are possibly ILOVEYOU. Computers cannot be loved since they are inanimate objects that routinely go haywire. Avoid this password at all costs.

Need to Curse? Keep it Off Your Security Protocols

Most password faux pas are generated by folks who have little desire to be creative with their passwords, and that pretty much explains the next class of passwords: Cuss words.

These words are relatively easy to understand and even easier to remember. Believe it or not, over 10 million people use curse words as their preferred passwords for their PCs, MacBooks, smartphones, tablets and favorite sites. One of the biggest problems with using curse words as your password is that if somebody is eager to get into your system, their frustrations will soon boil over and they are likely to easily guess your password. Another thing to remember: divination and the Lord’s name have nothing to do with securing your personal material from prying eyes. Too many folks use too many religious references and these are easily guessable.

Other Password Blunders You May Be Making

You don’t want to secure your home with a flimsy lock, so why would you secure your online banking, social media accounts, or anything else with a flimsy password? You want something strong to prevent someone from hacking into your online life. Here are a few more faux pas you should be aware of:

  • Using the same password for all your password-protected websites. If you have one password for everything, it is like you are leaving a trail of breadcrumbs.
  • Don’t use information that can be easily gotten via your social media profile, like names, birthdays, and favorite places.
  • You don’t include numbers, letters (upper and lowercase), and symbols in your passwords.