I'm a cyber-expert – the most DANGEROUS iPhone, Facebook and Google password habits revealed

A CYBER security experts has revealed where people are going wrong with their passwords.

The balance between creating a good, strong password that is tough to crack but easy for you to remember is a tricky one.

But with hackers constantly evolving their tactics, staying on top of online security is a must.

Especially as we're constantly accessing popular services like Facebook and Google from our smartphones.

Gary De Mercurio, from Trustwave SpiderLabs, says there's good reason why IT managers at work are regularly getting you to change your password.

And it's because brute force systems can get through a worrying number of combinations in a matter of seconds with the right equipment.

Read more about passwords

Urgent Gmail and Outlook warning as users told to ignore dangerous email

Apple and Google plot to KILL passwords with new system – how it works

But people make the mistake of being far too predictable with their passwords.

"People will have these workarounds," he told Help Net Security.

"You would be amazed at how many people have the exact same passwords.

"As clever as everyone thinks they are, the person next to you probably has a very similar password.

Most read in News Tech

RED AHEAD

Stunning photos of eerie red Blood Moon after rare total lunar eclipse

WHAT THE ZUCK

Facebook teases controversial update for BILLIONS in official warning

GOLDEN APPLE

I'm an iPhone expert – three mind-blowing tricks that everyone should know

HIGH ALERT

Brits warned smart doorbells may give away clues about what's inside your home

"So anytime that it comes to things like seasons, or words like love, dragons, your birthday, your daughters birthday, any kind of dates, 1492, 1776, somebody has already used those, the password's already been leaked.

"Also company names, the state that you're or the country that you're or the last time that your team won a world cup, it's all out there, there are people out there thinking the same way you are."

Read More on The Sun

Holly Willoughby strips off for stunning make-up free selfie after a shower

James Argent looks slimmer than ever as he’s mobbed by 1,000 women fans

He recommends that people use the alt key on their keyboard to change up the characters to less obvious ones, which make it considerably harder for hackers to crack.

But he warned that cyber security is a constantly moving thing, saying: "What's secure today may not be secure tomorrow."

  • Read all the latest Phones & Gadgets news
  • Keep up-to-date on Apple stories
  • Get the latest on Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

Best Phone and Gadget tips and hacks

Looking for tips and hacks for your phone? Want to find those secret features within social media apps? We have you covered…

  • How to delete your Instagram account
  • What does pending mean on Snapchat?
  • How to check if you've been blocked on WhatsApp
  • How to drop a pin on Google Maps
  • How can I change my Facebook password?
  • How to go live on TikTok
  • How to clear the cache on an iPhone
  • What is NFT art?
  • What is OnlyFans?
  • What does Meta mean?

Get all the latest WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and other tech gadget stories here.

We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at [email protected]

    Source: Read Full Article