123456. Password. ABC123. QWERTY. If any of these sound familiar—no, we’re not magicians—then you’re fallen afoul of a handful of the most popular passwords used in Australia. Scarily, all of these passwords take cybercriminals all of one second to crack. The prevailing logic for creating better passwords is to make them longer, more random, and toss in a mix of capitals, numerals and unexpected characters.
Basically, the less like a word a password is, the stronger it will be. But while that might make a password more secure, it does make it trickier to recollect, and jotting down all of your passwords undermines the whole point of security. Thankfully, password managers are the solution to creating and storing secure passwords