Maybe you feel like choosing a strong password to protect your accounts is challenging, or maybe you have a different password for every account and find it hard to keep track of them all. Either way, managing your log-in credentials can be a frustrating task, and sometimes people crack. That’s how you get ridiculously bad password habits like these.
Out of all the possible password combinations out there, one out of every 142 created is '123456'. This may seem like a good idea at first since it’s easy to remember, but when you and 7 million other use the same sequence, you lose the unique, unpredictable nature a password must have to be secure. And yet, people keep doing it. The string ‘123456’ has been the most commonly used password for the last five years!
A password that’s easy for somebody to guess can’t do its job. That’s where practicing good password hygiene comes in. For starters, let’s just get this out of the way: Don’t use ‘123456.’ It’s short, it’s predictable, it’s insanely popular, and it’s just plain lazy. Ditch the ‘keyboard slide’ and shoot for more length…and we don’t mean ‘123456789.’