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How easy it is to hack a simple password

When it comes to the internet many hackers find joy into hacking into people’s social networking accounts, back accounts, exc. Truth is while you think they may be using some fancy method, it is the complete opposite. This could easily be prevented with a unique strong password.

Many users go on the internet to find that there accounts have been hacked into. Like any other problem troubleshooting is the best method to arrive at a conclusion. We tend to think complex when some problems can be best solved if we think simple. Then finally you think to yourself “Well there’s no way they know my password.” Wrong, the combinations of poor passwords and automated attacks can make it easy to crack it in as little as just a few attempts.

Here are some of the most common passwords. I really hope yours isn’t among these !

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789
  4. Password
  5. iloveyou
  6. princess
  7. rockyou
  8. 1234567
  9. 12345678
  10. abc123
  11. Nicole
  12. Daniel
  13. babygirl
  14. monkey
  15. Jessica
  16. Lovely
  17. michael
  18. Ashley
  19. 654321
  20. Qwerty

Luckily most websites have recently put in counterparts that don’t allow for easy hacking. For example a password may require at least six characters with a combination of symbols and numbers. Although many websites now have these requirements, there are still those that do not.

Your passwords should: 

  • contain at least eight characters
  • contain a mix of four different types of characters – upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters such as !@#$%^&*,;” If there is only one letter or special character, it should not be either the first or last character in the password.
  • not be a name, a slang word, or any word in the dictionary. It should not include any part of your name or your e-mail address.

Another thing to remember is a password should never be universal. If it just so happened that one account gets hacked, the user now can potentially do more damage because you have made his job that much easier. 

So honestly what has been your easiest password in the past? Comment below and share your thoughts



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Pamineo is a employee for the BrandBuilder Company where he works 2-3 mornings a week while completing his senior year at Bishop Kearney H.S. in Rochester, NY. After High School he wants to attend college to major in either Software Engineering or Computer Science.

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