Why Should I Change My Password?

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The obvious answer to the question “Why Should I Change My Password?” is so you don’t get hacked. However, how long should I wait between password changes? What are the most common passwords? Is there any easier way to remember all of my passwords? These are all common questions that we are going to answer below.

How long should I wait between password changes?

Many internet applications have “timers” that they hold each user accountable for. These timers can be anywhere from 30 days to 2 years. A good benchmark for the average consumer is every 6 months. If you change your password to something completely different every 6 months, this will dramatically reduce your liability for getting breached by a hacker. For someone with “normal” internet browsing and a standard virus protection/intrusion software.

What are the most common passwords?

According to Fox Business the top 10 most commonly hacked passwords are below.

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. password
  5. 111111
  6. 12345678
  7. abc123
  8. 1234567
  9. password1
  10. 12345

All of those should be avoided no matter what the application is that you are using a password for. “123456” was hacked 23 million times in breaches.

Is there any easier way to remember all of my passwords?

Yes! There are many easier ways to remember your passwords. They are called “Password Vaults” and they are awesome! Most of them are way more secure than you could ever need. Think Fort Knox, but with way more guards and thicker vaults… Last Pass is an amazing password manager that connects to your internet browser. It is an extension that not only saves your passwords. Additionally, it can create passwords for you that are “uncrackable” and save them for you without you ever remembering them. Check them out and let us know what you think!

Denver Computer Techs

Passwords are extremely important and we highly recommend using a password manager like Last Pass. Lastly, if you need us to help you with setting it up, please contact us.

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