One of the first things hackers do when they attempt to infiltrate computer systems is to try using any common or stolen passwords.  And, if your employees aren’t careful to use effective passwords and change them regularly, both they and your business can be exposed to data breaches, phishing schemes and other costly cyber attacks.
Most people don’t manage their passwords effectively because of the misconception that strong passwords need to be long and difficult to remember. However, there are a few simple steps you can
relay to your employees in order to ensure that passwords are both hard for hackers to figure out and easy to manage:

  • Build passwords around familiar phrases. Long passwords are
    harder for computer programs to guess, so using a long but
    familiar phrase, like a favorite song lyric or quote, is a great start
    to making a password.
  • Use a password management service. Many people write their
    passwords down on paper or in a word processor, but keeping
    them anywhere insecure makes it easier for hackers to access
    them. Instead, encourage your employees to use a reputable
    password management service to keep all of their login
    credentials safe.

Employees should avoid using common or popular passwords to protect themselves and your business.  Here are the 10 most common passwords:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 12456789
  7. letmein
  8. 1234567
  9. football
  10. Iloveyou