It’s not even fair to compare the comprehension of technology to our parents since they didn’t grow up with what we’ve have at our disposal for so long. Granted, this doesn’t apply to all, as some parents catch on to technology well, but chances are your mom’s password isn’t as secure as she thinks it is…and neither is yours.
How do I know this?
Well, I’ve had an experience myself in the past (before I knew what I know today)…and get this, it has nothing to do with your password at all.
Should I Worry About Being Hacked?
If I said, let’s reduce IRS tax debt, you’d say I’m crazy. However, there’s one thing we can reduce and that’s the likelihood of having your account compromised. There’s no secret that you should always take the necessary steps to make sure any account you have online is as secure as you can make it. Whether that be using two step verification if a service offers it or using a combination of numbers and upper/lowercase letters for your passwords.
However, there’s always going to be some eager hacker out there looking for the next exploit and when it’s found, then these various online services will have to figure out another way to protect your information.
You can make it harder for them, but one of the biggest ways you can hurt yourself is with a poorly thought of password…along with a revealing password hint.
The Deadly Password Hint
I mentioned earlier that I had an experience in the past that taught me to take my online security practices more serious.
When I was a Freshman in college, the IT students in the dorm were helping configure everyone’s laptop to connect to the WiFi. We would leave our computers with them and then they would set them up. I went to check on the status of mine and I asked the other student, “how were you able to log into my computer without the password?”
He told me probably one of the most important lessons I could learn at the time, which was my password hint was way too detailed. All he had to do was look at my password hint and search for the answer on Facebook, no less. I’ve been very careful with password hints / passwords ever since. I’m telling you this so you never have to experience that feeling of being “hacked.” (It’s true, Facebook really does have all your data, even in 2006 they had enough.)
What Should I Do About My Password Hint
First, I recommend you check and make sure that you’re not vulnerable to an easy hack all because your password hint reveals too much. So make sure that you’ve taken your current password hint and adjusted it to make it difficult for a hacker to figure out. Better yet, change your password altogether. When was the last time you used a different password? I’ve been guilty of not doing this enough myself.
A password hint and password, people tend to think are synonymous with one another. They are to a certain extent, but it doesn’t mean you need to say something like “Your birthday” as a password hint; like I did. Make sure you’re not making it that easy.
What have you done to make sure your passwords are secure? Did I fail to mention something extremely important? If so, let me know in the comments. I’d like to get your feedback and if you’re possibly going to rethink what your current password hint is.