How to avoid common pitfalls for passwords
Yes, it is not easy to recall all you passwords. It is annoying. And if they ought be save, it is even more annoying. But non the less it is vital that you choose good and save passwords. To do so, there are a lot of numerous mistakes which you should strongly avoid. So here are the 5 most common pitfalls:
1. password containing the username
Never ever should the password contain your own name, a username, an e-mail address or any other private information. Based on an basic research in social media, criminals can easily guess and crack your password.
2. using real words
You should not use real words contained in a dictionary. There are so called dictionary attacks where hackers are using massive lists of automatically generated words and combinations and run them against an account. Due to today's computing power, it is possible to probe about 1.500 combinations per second. That way it just takes a very little time to crack your password.
3. common phrases or abbreviations
Nowadays still a lot of people incomprehensibly are using common phrases as passwords like “pleaseletmein”, “iloveyou”, “qwerty”, “12345678” and slight variations of it like “1q2w3e4r” or even worse “password”. Never ever use those at all cost. They are very easy to guess and not save at all.
4. password is too short
The shorter the password, the easier it so to crack. It's that simple. Your password should at least consist of 12 signs.
5. the master-key
To use one password for all online activities is convenient but absolutely dangerous and not advisable at all. If you are using the same phrase for different services, a successful attacker holds the master-key to your digital identity and can do lots of damage. Once he got the one password, every single account is compromised. So therefore use different passwords for every online service you are using.