Common mistakes, big problems
Password hacking is in the news with alarming regularity. Recently, thousands of Disney+ customers lost their accounts in a mass hack attack within days of the new streaming service’s launch. As reported by The Market Realist, those hacked accounts were then sold on the dark web. While large-scale attacks like this can make consumers feel helpless, there are steps we can all take to protect our passwords and our data. Some of them are common sense (don’t use the same password for every site!), and some aren’t quite as obvious. Read on to learn the most common password mistakes that hackers hope you’ll make. And while brushing up on your cybersecurity knowledge, make sure you know what happens when you ignore those security warnings on your computer.
Choosing an easy-to-guess password
“Common mistakes people make with passwords make them easily hackable. Those mistakes include using easy passwords like birthdays, creating common passwords like 1234, using brand names, pop-culture references, or sports to create a password.” —Elias Manolopoulos, founder of Aeon Ads.
Here’s what you’ll need to do if your data has been hacked.
Not including enough numbers and special characters
“Try to inject as many symbols and numbers and a variety of characters that make your password fairly unique for an unknown entity to guess but relatively easy for you to remember. Substituting symbols for alphabets is also a good idea as long as the choice of word is fairly complex, so kr3st3v@798! instead of kresteva798! could work, but decades-old p@$$w0rd! would not.” —Ax Sharma, cybersecurity researcher and engineer.