You might think your favorite password is really easy to remember. But if it’s too easy, chances are it’s not very secure. Mobile security firm Lookout recently published a tally of the 20 most commonly found passwords in leaked account information on the dark web. As you would expect, many of the passwords are a variation of “12345,” while others are as simple as “Iloveyou.” With passwords like that, you’re putting yourself at risk to get hacked.
We get it: you want a password that is easy to recall. According to NordPass, the average person has more than 100 different online accounts that utilize passwords. It’s hard to remember all of those. But, make sure those passwords aren’t too easy to hack.
One idea is keeping an old-fashioned notebook – yeah, that thing with paper wound into a binder – with all of your passwords in a secure place. And, switch up the characters, using numbers, letters and symbols.