Avoid common password mistakes
Creating a unique and hard-to-hack password can be difficult at times, but if you are aware of the most common mistakes, you can make a more secure password.
Here is a list of the most common mistakes made when creating passwords:
- Using less than 10 characters - secure passwords should contain 12-16 characters
- Putting numbers at the end of your password instead of throughout your password
- Using pop culture references like "maytheforcebewithyou" or "sk8erboy"
- Using obvious substitutions for letters like "S@lly123" or "B*bby226"
- Including your name followed by a one or an exclamation point
- Using mostly common words like "password", "love" or "hello"
- Using patterns of letters and/or numbers like "1abc2def3ghi"
If you still need some help, you can use a computer program that generates passwords for you. To add an extra layer of protection on your computer, use a program like LastPass that securely stores all of your online passwords so you can log in with one click.