The term ‘hacking’ means gaining unauthorised access to data in a system or computer, and as the number of people owning multiple online accounts with a number of different web services increases, so too does the likelihood of one of these being hacked.
There are many stories these days about people’s various web accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Dropbox and Gmail, being hacked. This can happen for a variety of reasons, as there are a number of different ways to gain unauthorised access to a web account. Some of these are:
Whatever the method of hacking used, the fact is that by far the most common reason for an account getting hacked is that it was secured with a weak password. In 2014, these were the most common passwords used according to a study by SplashData :
What’s a ‘strong’ password?
Above is a list of the worst possible passwords you could use, which would maximise the chance of your account being hacked. But what makes a good password? Bearing in mind the case of a Brute Force attack described above, your password should be complex enough so that a computer has trouble cracking it, not just a human. However, thinking practically, the password should be memorable, otherwise you may find yourself writing it on loose pieces of paper or emailing it to yourself, both of which are a bad idea from a security perspective.