Here at BullGuard, we spend a lot of time talking about major hacks and security breaches, often at some of the biggest companies in the world, and while it’s important protect your computer with complete security suites like BullGuard Internet Security, it’s also important to have strong passwords.
If you consider how much data is stolen every year, a large proportion of those thefts can be attributed to bad passwords.
Some passwords are a dead giveaway. You’re best to stay away from birthdays, anniversaries and wedding dates, addresses, street numbers or pet names, as these pieces of information can be easily found on your social media sites and through Google searches. The strongest passwords typically have no association to you, and using a phrase can not only make it easier to remember, but also harder to guess. Do you use the same password for multiple sites? If you answered yes, you’re not alone, about 70% of us use the same password across multiple sites. It’s important that each password is unique, especially when it comes to online banking and email.
Who chooses the very best passwords?
Interestingly enough, the password-picking habits can lead to interesting insights about you. Apparently, red-haired women typically pick the strongest passwords, and the worst passwords are selected by men, with bad hair. Brand colors on the site you’re trying to establish a password for, can also impact your choices. For example, blue is a popular color to be included in passwords, and it’s through to be because it’s a color used by popular websites, like Facebook, Google and Twitter.
What do your passwords say about you?