Not much has changed with humanity. All too often we fail to do the right thing for ourselves. Sure, we give money to sad-looking dogs and cats on TV commercials, we drop loose change into a pot by Santa at the Mall, and we use toothpaste with brighteners, but what about passwords?
Got passwords? Yes, you do. How good is it? If it’s 123456 or password, then you’re in trouble. In this case, it isn’t just the password that is so bad, it’s who uses bad passwords.
According to Dashlane, the password manager, Facebook had the worst, followed up closely by Google. After that, it gets fun.
Lisa Kudrow of Friends fame posted a photo on Instagram which showed a PC with a Post-it note of her password. She was a ditzy blond on Friends, and much the same on Instagram.
Next on the list was Congressman Lance Gooden who, on national TV, was captured unlocking is smartphone using 777777 as the password.
See the problem?
Passwords need to be complex, but not so complex we decide not to use them.
Further down the list is a TV star and comedian Ellen DeGeneres who was caught giving away iPhones, Macs, Apple Watches, and more on Instagram. It turns out that someone hacked her account with the password password and started the online promotion. Password is not a good password.
I get it. Passwords are a pain in the patootie. All of us have a few dozen online accounts; stores, banks, email, social media, etc. Each requires a user name and password. Humans often prefer convenience over doing the right thing.
That’s why Apple gave up Touch ID and Face ID. They marry high convenience with high security. Anything else?
Get a password manager. I use 1Password and LastPass and Apple’s Keychain. And slightly different passwords for each.