If your password is a word, you’ve got a problem. Yes, even if you replaced some of the letters with numbers. Mother’s maiden name as a “secret question”? Not so secret. We’ve all read the stories of celebrities, politicians and simple folk that had their accounts hacked and their dirty underwear thrown all over the press. They were all shocked to hear that someone didn’t “hack” the system, they just guessed their password. Vindictive exes? Snooping spouses? Passwords on paper? Probably the biggest threats to your accounts…not hackers.
Facebook and Google and Yahoo and Microsoft can have the best encryption and security protocols in the world, but that doesn’t mean anything if your password is “shinyobjects321″. It may be easy for you to remember, but it’s also easy to guess. And, chances are, you use it for every account you have. Sound familiar?
So, please, do these three simple things and feel much safer about the security of your accounts.