A lot of people don’t realise how vital it is to have a strong password. When it comes to thinking up a password, it can be difficult to be imaginative because people want to remember their passwords. This means that the password can be easy to guess or decode by hackers wanting personal or business information.

The risks

Many businesses do not change the default username and password on their routers, network attached storage devices, and other hardware because it is less hassle. Hackers know the default username and password on most routers, for example, “admin” and “1234”; which is why it is important to change it.

Business owners need to be attentive of security threats, made by weak passwords. You should develop a solid password plan for your employees and apply it; requiring everyone to change their passwords regularly.

A lot of people use their names or the names of friends, parents, or children, the nicknames of pets, or the names of any memorials to create passwords. Hackers can collect this information and figure out the password simply by trying different combinations.

Hackers can sometimes gain information from a private conversation, and then change the password for the mailbox without the permission and consent of its owner. Another way is by simply gaining a user’s confidence by pretending to be a project administration or technical support member, imitating some technical problem during the user’s access to the computer, and then helping the user eliminate it. In other words, they have to force the user to voluntarily give his/her credentials. 

How to avoid common password problems

As a general rule, the longer a password is, the stronger it is. A password with 15 characters is much harder to crack than one with fewer characters. Adding numbers, symbols and capital letters to a password make more difficult to crack with a brute-force attack as it increases the number of guesses that have to be made to find the correct password.

If your password can be easily guessed by someone who knows enough personal information about you, then it isn’t secure. Avoid using your name, birth date or any other information that can be discovered through the internet. If you’re using the same password for numerous sites, then hackers will only need to crack one password to get into all of your online accounts or information.

A strong password would look like this:

EHu!f*rj&8%2gf2        or         q=E6q<e[Pzz?/_P3&WEc

It might not be memorable but it will help you and your company’s safety when inputting personal information.  Here are the top 10 most common passwords in the world:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. 12345678
  5. 111111
  6. 1234567890
  7. 1234567
  8. password
  9. 123123
  10. 987654321

An easier way of creating a password is to take a notable sentence and then take every first letter of the word in the sentence and use it as a password character. Then to make that password even more difficult, add capital letters, numbers and other characters.


If you are struggling to create a safe password, use a password manager. A password manager means you only have to remember one master password. The password manager will then allow you to generate complex passwords and will store them securely until they are needed.

Just remember, there is no such thing as a password you can’t crack. But it’s still important for you to encourage either customers or employees to create as strong enough password so their accounts and websites stay secure.