With all the talk of high-level hacking, it’s easy to forget that it is we who make ourselves most vulnerable on a very individual level. SplashData, a leading provider of security applications and services, recently compiled a list of the 25 most common passwords in the United States today. Do not use these on confidential e-mail accounts!
These are the first passwords that a criminal would try when attempting to hack your account. Other types of passwords you want to avoid are birthdays and the names of your children or spouse.
I have had some particularly creative passwords over the years. In the past, I’ve used an employee ID number from a company I worked at in the ’70s. Then I came up with an even better idea, which I can’t divulge for obvious security reasons! The key is to create a password that is unrelated to anything someone might be able to find out about you if they were digging into your background.