Various studies have shown that 40% of all passwords are cracked
simply through guessing. This is because we tend to choose frequently
used passwords (including ‘password’, ‘1234’, ‘iloveyou’ and ‘abcd’ )
or personal passwords (e.g., year of birth, name, name of spouse or
child, hobby/pastime, etc.).
All it takes to guess one of these passwords is a little digging
around on the internet.
And if that doesn’t work, there are various software applications
and viruses available which are designed to decipher passwords.
It’s therefore very important that you choose creative and strong
passwords at all times.
A strong password meets the following requirements:
It must contain a minimum of 15 characters. A long password
is more secure simply because it’s less easy to crack. All encrypted
passwords containing up to 15 characters are available to hackers
online, making them a security risk.
You should use a combination of upper-case letters, numbers and
symbols when choosing your password.