Is Leo your Password? Astrology fans, don’t use horoscope star signs for this! Check astro tips
Astrology enthusiasts keep passwords after their horoscope star signs like Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Gemini etc. However, keeping Zodiac signs as passwords is dangerous. Follow these astro tips now.
India (early Vedic period) was one of the pioneers of Astrology. And the enthusiasm for it has not diminished even in modern times. We all have at least once checked our horoscope just to see what the next week will look like. But Astrology fans, please do not make your horoscope star sign your password for the online accounts. It can be very dangerous! Guessing a zodiac sign-based password is one of the few first things any hacker trying to break into your account would do. And once they hack your account, they can not only steal your personal data but also your money. So, here is our astrology tip of the day for you - make your password strong and unique to protect from hackers and scammers. And if you don't know how to do it, that's okay. We have shared some tips to make your passwords strong and unique based on a report by Dojo tech. Follow our astro tips to avoid getting hacked.
And to be fair, horoscope star signs are not the only bad passwords. Names are actually the worst passwords you can keep. This recently came out in a report that analyzed UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) data “on over 100,000 breached passwords” to categorize the most vulnerable passwords that a person can create. And names made it to the top of the list with 3,913 incidents of breaches. Zodiac signs like Aries, Leo, Gemini, Cancer, Scorpio made it to the 20th position on the same list, highlighting how bad a choice they are when it comes to passwords. Besides these, check the worst passwords that you can keep for your account, below.
Top Most Hacked Passwords
From Leo to ‘iloveyou' to iPhone, the list of weak passwords are endless. However, there are some passwords which are weaker than others. Yes, even worse than horoscope based passwords! In fact, these passwords are so bad that they made it to Dojo's top 5 most commonly hacked passwords list. And despite how silly you may think these are, millions of people are using these weak passwords. Check out the list.
1. 123456 (used by 23.2 million users)
2. 123456789 (7.7 million users)
3. Qwerty (3.8 million users)
4. Password (3.6 million users)
5. 1111111 (3.1 million users)
Please never use these passwords for any purpose, especially your online bank accounts or work accounts.
Why Horoscope passwords are not a good choice
The same report found out that horoscope star sign passwords ranked 20 out of 30 in the list of most vulnerable passwords. Since a person's Zodiac sign is decided by their date of birth, a very common piece of information, it is quite easy to guess someone's password. For example, if a person born in the later half of July or first half of August keeps the password Leo, then a hacker will have no problem guessing it. Not only Leo but all horoscope based passwords like Scorpio, Gemini, Capricorn, Aquarius, Aries and others are at exactly the same risk. Take our astro tips with a difference given below that will help you pick a stronger and more unique password to keep the hackers at bay. This was reported by London-headquartered financial services firm Dojo, which came out with a report on ‘Top most hacked passwords'. Astrology tips are all very well and you can follow them freely, but not as passwords.
How to make your password strong and unique
Keep your passwords a mix of numbers, alphabets and special characters to make it hard to guess. Randomize these characters for better efficiency.
Make sure to have a password which is at least 8-12 characters long. Longer passwords will make it harder for a hacker to figure out correctly.
Use two-factor authentication or if possible multi factor authentication to have multiple hurdles before someone can hack into your account. Mobile OTP is a very good way to add layers to your password security.
Change your password regularly so even if your password was compromised, your account can stay safe.
Do not write down your passwords on cheque books, or other bank account books or papers you have. Do not send them on social media like WhatsApp, Facebook etc either.
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