To mark World Password Day, I thought I’d run through some statistics and hints:
- 76% of people use the same password up to 14 times;
- The average password has 8 characters or less;
- 68% of people are worried that they will forget their login information;
- 92% of passwords include readily available information.
Which means if a hacker gets hold of your simple password they could get into every on-line account you have!
So use a combination of UPPER and lower case, numbers and symbols, like 0C^7G0xSaqoqB9st. OK, quite hard to create or remember yourself but password managers generate and remember them for you.
And if you can, turn on 2FA (two-factor authentication) where after login you are, for example, sent a code by SMS that you enter to prove it is you. Some people say 2FA by SMS is insecure but it is better than nothing.