“The combination is…1…2…3…4…5.”
“So the combination is 1,2,3,4,5? That’s the stupidest combination I’ve ever heard in my life! It’s the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage!”
The quote above comes from one of my favorite Mel Brooks movies, and I felt it was the perfect way to kick off this week. In reality, the most common password is actually 123456. No joke.
If you have the same password for all of your accounts, I have some bad news for you. You’re a prime security target. Especially if you’re like the millions of other Americans who have a hard time remembering one password, let alone multiple. You probably already know that each login should be unique so that in the event of a breach, you only have to mitigate one account.
“But… it’s just so much easier to have one password,” I hear you say. I know, but it’s a necessary evil. Here are some dos and do nots for your password protection needs. 🙂
DO: Passwords should be no less than 6 characters long. The longer, the better. Uppercase letters, numbers, and punctuation marks are also good ideas to include, too.
DO NOT: Include personal information. This means:
- Spouse’s names
- Children’s names
- Pet’s names
- Common phrases like “Sweet, Awesome, Admin” etc.
- Or consecutive numbers (12, 23, 12345, etc.)
DO: Write down every password you have in a location that only you can access. This could be a notebook in a locked cabinet, or websites like Dashlane.
DO NOT: Write your passwords in an accessible place like a sticky note on your computer, a spreadsheet, or any unprotected document.
DO: Change your password often. By often we mean 1-2 months.
DO NOT: Have the same password for more than a year. Big NO NO.
BONUS: If you want to be creative with a password, you could create a password from your favorite movie or book. For example: YHMAH!85. It stands for “You Had Me At Hello!” and Cuba Gooding Jr’s character’s Football number.