As a follow up to their safety-focused list of seven things you should never do on Facebook, Consumer Reports is reminding the millions of Facebook users to choose a password that is truly secure. While Facebook blocks many common dictionary-based words from being used, the system still allows users to choose insecure passwords.
Consumer Reports list of 10 passwords you should never use on Facebook:
- Employer info
- School name
- School mascot
- Names of groups, artists or shows you "Like" on Facebook
- Spouses name or birthday
- Banking passwords
- E-mail password
- No dictionary based words -- even those in a different language
- Pet's name if you post captioned pictures to your profile
- Anything you might answer in a Facebook quiz
Before you write off the idea that getting your password stolen is something that happens to "someone else" keep in mind that even the hyper-aware security and privacy minded Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing fell prey to phishing scheme recently. Because his Twitter password was shared with many other services, he had to spend hours changing passwords across the Web.