You need not have to be a genius to guess someone’s password if you have access to his private details. It has been found that almost 80% of users keep common passwords that are guessable with basic personal information in hand.
Bank and email accounts are guessed by cyber criminals in the same way. Cyber criminals try to read victims mind and check all probable passwords against the username/email and if a match is found, the victim’s account is compromised.
So lets check some of the most common passwords that people prefer, but are very unsafe. Usually it has been found that,
- 30% of internet users keep banks and email password that closely relate their private details. They usually keep passwords as their own name, nick name, spouse name, child name, dog name or anything similar to these.
- Remaining 25% of internet users keep their car’s name/no/model, account no, favorite movie, favorite sportsman, favorite pass-time or similar.
- 15% are a bit smart as they put a combination of words as their password. They add common words like abc, xyz, pqr, mnp, 3g, hunk, fun, best, style etc as suffix or prefix to their private details.
- 10% keep a combination of alphanumeric characters. They try and jumble alphabets with numbers like 1, 11, 99, 100, 101 etc to make it secure.
- 5-8% people (celebrities) are pretty careful in keeping their password and keep something that is very very difficult to predict.
- Rest 10-12%, mostly techies and cyber experts keep un-common password that is practically impossible to guess and very difficult to remember. Their password is lengthy and irrelevant to their personal life.
Now, if your password is lying somewhere along the danger line, its better to change it before something drastic happens. It’s recommended to have a password that is alphanumeric and at least greater then 8 characters. Longer is better.