If you need some incentive to secure your password just Google “password hack horror stories.” You’ll see stories of drained PayPal accounts, deleted Gmail accounts, hacked Facebook accounts with terribly embarrassing status updates and myriad other stories that will inspire you to rethink your personal password strategy. Resolve to secure your passwords and try the following tips:
- Take a lesson from the Gawker Media hack this past December and avoid the passwords on this list.
- Follow the tips for creating strong passwords published in Microsoft’s Online Safety guide.
- Don’t use the same password for all your accounts. That way, if some dishonest person does successfully hack one of your accounts, they won’t have hit the mother load and gained access to everything.
- Never share your password with anyone, not even if they seem legit, not even with us!