Hackers are aware that people use the same or similar passwords for multiple accounts. If your banking password, Amazon password, and email password are the same, then a vulnerability in one site can put others at risk.
What makes a password easy to guess?
Once hackers acquire a list of email addresses from a data breach, they already have a good start. From there, they simply have to pick a website of their choice and try the enlisted emails with the most popular passwords. There are chances of getting into quite a few accounts.
To avoid your account from getting hacked, here’s a list of worst passwords you should avoid:
Avoid using 123456, the most common of all passwords.
Switching a letter to a symbol like p@ssw0rd! too is an obvious trick that hackers know. Password cracking programs contain every type of these combinations in every language.
Use something obscure and avoid using names of your favourite sports team or pop culture references.
Using single words like sunshine or monkey and adding a number or punctuation at the end, doesn’t make for a strong password. Instead, use a phrase or sentence to make your password stronger.
Avoid using common patters like 111111, abc123 or 654321.
What makes a password strong?
Combining unrelated words.
Using an entire phrase and changing some of the letters to special letters and numbers.
Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers.