6 Password Mistakes That Hackers Will Use Against You

16 Feb

H*ckers are always looking
for loopholes to explore in
order to steal vital and
sensitive information. Due to
the avoidable mistakes made
by many internet users,
private information often
falls into these wrong hands
with relative ease.
A password is meant to protect
a user’s account details rather
than giving h*ckers green light
to access your account. Africa’s No 1
booking portal reveals 6 of
these mistakes.
The obvious password
This a password that can easily
be conjectured by anyone.
Examples of obvious passwords
are 123456 or qwerty. If you
use this type of password, it’s a
matter of time before someone
will be snooping into your
account. This snooping will not
be restricted to h*ckers alone.
Passwords are meant to be
complicated and at the same
time easy to remember.
Default password
The default password is one
used by the manufacturer of
your device which you are
expected to change
immediately you start using
your device. However, it is
surprising that some people
still retain that same password.
The most common default
password is 1234 or 0000.
Leaving your account exposed
this way will come to hunt you
someday if you do not change
Short password
The length of a password goes a
long way protect you online
and offline activities. The rule
of thumb is the longer the
password, the more you are
protected. Hence, always use
long passwords.
No numbers or Symbols
In most cases, before your
account is approved, your
password must include
numbers and symbols. This is
the criteria. What about when
you are offline? This is one
password mistake that many
make. If you are creating a
password do not use alphabets
alone but also mix it up with
numbers and symbols. It will
be difficult to crack for
Using personal details
It’s not compulsory to use your
personal details when creating
a password. Since using your
name is a password sample
that can be to have your
account, it is worthwhile to use
other details that cannot be
simply associated with you.
Similar passwords for
different accounts
This is very risky. In fact,
h*ckers will have a swell time
navigating through all your
accounts unhindered since you
virtually use the same
passwords for all your
accounts. It’s good practice to
use different passwords for
different accounts. If you
cannot remember your
passwords, you can write it
down in a diary or use an
online password reminder
software to save your

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