HOW TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE UNHACKABLE PASSWORD
Nobody wants to get hacked. But when it comes to choosing a password, there are key steps you can take to reduce your risk of data intrusions from unwanted virtual visitors. A study found that more than 29,000 of the compromised accounts were using the password "123456" -- the most popular password. The second and third most common passwords were also strings of consecutive numbers. And the fourth most common password? "Password." Other popular passwords from the RockYou case include "iloveyou," "abc123," and a handful of common first names like "Ashley" and "Michael."
How to avoid bad passwords:
Best Passwords: Uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols Nowadays, many websites encourage good password practices by forcing you to input a mix of numbers, letters, symbols, and mixed capitalization. This approach is definitely the right idea: mixing it up can pay off, statistically speaking. Why? Most password hacks you'll be warding off use a technique called a "brute force attack." This flavor of hack uses automated computer software to guess every possible combination to crack your personal code. According to the ADC study, automated hacking software combined with poorly chosen passwords means a hacker can break into 1000 accounts in just 17 minutes. If you introduce more variables into your password -- namely numbers, symbols, and a mix of lower and upper case letters -- intrusive software will take longer to crack your code. Make passwords more secure: