Are your passwords secure for WordPress or any other online account? Here are some tips on choosing secure passwords for your valuable online assets like your blog and bank accounts.
- Vary different types of characters in your passwords; include numbers, letters and special characters when possible.
- Choose passwords of eight characters or more. Separate short words with spaces or underscores.
- Don’t use the same password and username combination for multiple websites. Use an online password manager to keep track of your different accounts.
SplashData created the rankings based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. Here is the complete list:
SplashData CEO Morgan Slain urges businesses and consumers using any password on the list to change them immediately.
“Hackers can easily break into many accounts just by repeatedly trying common passwords,” Slain says. “Even though people are encouraged to select secure, strong passwords, many people continue to choose weak, easy-to-guess ones, placing themselves at risk from fraud and identity theft.”