Do you know the 4 most popular online passwords? Answer below.
If your social media and other online activity is anything like that of many of today’s executive job seekers, you log into dozens of sites daily that require passwords – email accounts, online forums, executive social networking/job board sites, various personal accounts, your blog or website, etc.
Overwhelmed by a laundry list of passwords to keep track of, many make the mistake of using the same one for all log-ins. After all, as long as you protect that 6+ digit secret, you’ll be safe, right? Maybe not.
Annoying as it may be, don’t use the same password for every account.
If nasty people determined to hack into one of your accounts are successful, you’ve given them the key to the city. You can bet they’ll dig deeper than just one account.
According to Microsoft’s 11 tips for social networking safety,
A common way that hackers break into financial or other accounts is by clicking the “Forgot your password?” link on the account login page. To break into your account, they search for the answers to your security questions, such as your birthday, home town, high school class, father’s middle name, on your social networking site. If the site allows, make up your own password questions, and don’t draw them from material anyone could find with a quick search.
Sometimes you’re given a starter password when you first sign up for a new online forum or other online account. Change it immediately. Jumble it up to include some caps and numbers. Because passwords are often case sensitive, be sure you note the exact combination you create for each one.
And be sure to safeguard your arm’s length list of passwords. Store them where no one but you can get to them.
These are the 4 most popular passwords. DON’T USE THEM: