Have you ever wondered how hackers get your passwords? Most of the time it was using a Brute-force hacking script program. One like the picture below
Brute-force is very real and can be very scary. So how do you protect against being hacked? Well its by creating very strong passwords. A number of sites are trying to better protect their members by plain out banning certain passwords that are easily hacked. Twitter has currently 370 banned passwords which I have included below. If you find that one of the passwords you use is on the list (be it twitter or any other site) then think about changing it. Its scary to think how many ppl have their password set as "password".
To make your password secure you need to include the following rules:
Use Uppercase Letters
Use Lowercase letters
Use Symbols (like !@#*)
a password such as "1gEEk@Dr0p!" is going to be stronger then "geekdrop" - use the rules above. Now think about the rules and be smart because the hacker will. Like my name is Debbie and my birthday is May 1st so using a password like "Debbie0501" wouldn't be advised since that can be figured out.
Here are the list of banned passwords by Twitter because well they are easily hacked. If you use one of these passwords (anywhere) then you might want to change it.