10+ Common Password Mistakes That Put Your Data at Risk

Date: 2020-02-28 17:00:15

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So, your entrance door has a reliable modern lock, right? After all, you care about your safety! But do you lock your gadgets similarly well? Remember that just one password mishap can result in dishonest people getting access to all your accounts!

Yup, you should realize that if one of your accounts is breached, it’s just a matter of time until other accounts protected by the same password will be broken into as well. With the same password for a dozen apps and sites, you’ll have to change passwords for all of them if one of your accounts gets exposed. Otherwise, you just need to change one! And here’s the list of other things to pay attention to.

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TIMESTAMPS:
The same password for all accounts 0:24
Easy to find 0:55
Ignoring bad news 1:40
Too short and simple 2:12
Too personal 2:40
Sharing your password 3:21
No special characters 3:51
Impossible to remember 4:10
Allowing your browser to save passwords 4:35
Slightly modified 5:02
Hard to type 5:29
Too easy-to-guess 5:59
Using unreliable password generators 6:20
Never-changing passwords 6:55
Skipping two-factor authentication 7:19
Using default passwords 7:41
Not using password managers 7:59

SUMMARY:
– It’s much easier to have one password for all your accounts — this way, chances that it’ll slip your mind are very slim. But it’s also a sure way to lose all your accounts at once.
– Do you tend to write your passwords on Post-It notes and stick them to your monitor or hide under the keyboard? Then, sooner or later, someone else will also get hold of them.
– You should realize that if one of your accounts is breached, it’s just a matter of time until other accounts protected by the same password will be broken into as well.
– The shorter your password is, the easier it is to crack it. Sounds obvious, but many people still ignore this crucial rule. T
– Your relatives’ and your pets’ names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers won’t make strong passwords.
– Even if you share your password with the most trusted person and for the most valid reasons, your accounts are no longer secure.
– Adding as many numbers and symbols to your password as possible is an effective way to protect it.
– You wouldn’t want your browser to save your payment details, right? But then, why do you let prying eyes see your password on your phone or PC? I
– The longer you enter your password, the easier it is for those around you to figure it out. Opt for a password you can type quickly without looking at the keyboard.
– You’re taking a risk every time you rely on an online password-generating service.
– Some experts recommend changing all your passwords at least once a year.
– If the 2-factor authentication is available for your account, don’t think twice before using it.
– Don’t wait long before changing both the login and the secure word — you never know who can get access to the default information.

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