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5 password mistakes that will likely get you hacked

Passwords are your first line of defense against hackers and snoops trying to break into your accounts. You want your passwords to be rock solid so hackers don't even have a hope of breaking them, but that often isn't the case.

Maybe you were in a rush when you made the password. Perhaps you created it a long time ago. It's also possible you're making passwords using older rules. Today we're going to go over the most common password mistakes people make, so you know what not to do.

1. Too short

A decade ago, a five- or six-character password was more than a match for the average computer. However, computers have increased in processing speed at such an astounding rate that a six-character password is almost as bad as having no password at all.

When you're making new passwords, 8 characters should be the absolute minimum, and 10 to 12 characters is recommended. For super important accounts, such as your banking account, a 14- to 16-character password isn't a bad idea. At Komando.com, our IT staff uses 30-character passwords for the important systems.

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