Keep your online stuff secure

By Drum Digital
16 March 2014

You’re a busy mom. Every day you have to remember hundreds of things (mostly for your kids and husband). So when it comes to internet security it’s sometimes hard to keep track of the many passwords you have to use. But don’t become a victim of weak passwords. Here are a few examples to avoid.

You’re on the internet every day but don’t be tempted to opt for a weak password. Avoid these passwords and ensure that you don’t become the victim of online fraud.

The numerical series “123456” is officially the weakest password you can use on the internet. This password recently superseded “password” as the most commonly used password among internet users, according to online security firm SplashData.

It recently released its annual Weakest Passwords list and announced that for the first time “password” had been knocked off the top spot.

The third weakest password is “12345678”, while “qwerty” and “abc123” are in fourth and fifth places respectively. The password “iloveyou” has moved up two places to ninth place since last year.

A major breach of security on Adobe’s software has highlighted the widespread use of weak passwords, especially with products such as Adobe Photoshop.

“Seeing passwords such as ‘adobe123 and ‘photoshop’ on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you’re accessing," SplashData CEO Morgan Slain says.

Like other password experts SplashData encourages internet users to use password phrases, in other words a group of random words, numbers and characters. They’re easy to remember but difficult for hackers to decipher. – Sapa

Keep your passwords safe

Remembering all your passwords can become a nightmare. With Keeper you need remember only one password. The app enables you to store all your passwords in one place and to keep them secure with your main password.

You don’t have to worry about your personal info being obtained via the app either. Simply activate the “self-destruct” option, which automatically wipes your data after five unsuccessful log-on attempts.

The app also has a built in password creator which comes up with suggestions if you can’t think of a new password.

Keeper is available free of charge in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play.

– Kirstin Buick

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