Over the years, we’ve encountered a lot of customer passwords. The dangers of weak passwords are well known, and most of us have gotten a bit better about this, not to mention that most websites now have minimum requirements in terms of password quality, which helps.
A more common issue, which we see a lot, is password reuse.
Here’s why this is such a problem. If one of your accounts is compromised, a hacker can then access all of your other accounts that use the same password. If you’ve used the same password on 10 websites, all that has to happen is for one of those websites to have their database hacked, and now they have your password for 9 other sites. They know your email, too.
Most platforms have password management built in. You can also use a service like 1Password to help with this. The advantage of one of those systems is that they remove the chance for human error. They will generate a new, unique password on every website, automatically. They will then store that password for you.
Don’t reuse your passwords. Automate your password management. Trust us.