You might not need that meaningless string of letters and numbers you’ve made up for your passwords.
Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre recently said a three-word system for passwords can be effective at deterring hackers. The word combinations are easier to remember than random passwords. But outside experts say that you still need to be vigilant about how you create your passwords.
“People should avoid using words that are very simple or obvious,” Jim Gogolinski, a vice president at the cybersecurity firm iboss, told Lifewire in an email interview. “For instance, Password123 isn’t a great password. Additionally, with so many people posting updates of their lives on social media sites, it’s important not to use a word that can be easily tied to you.”