Are you yourself the weakest link of your network? With a growing number of people online for a significant portion of every day, it’s not surprising that more people are particularly visible and vulnerable targets of cyber criminals. A healthy dose of common sense and knowledge about threats are the first step of getting protected from hackers.

From recent studies it turns out that we ourselves are the weakest link in our network, so if you don’t take precautions, you’re not just endangering yourself. You also are impacting your friends and family. For instance, a “cyber criminal” can leave his entire network at risk by using an easily guessed password like the word “password” for his email account. This innocent person inadvertently becomes an enabler of cybercrime by not being cautious.

Behave online the way you would behave in your daily life, especially when it involves taking precautions to protect yourself.

Though some of the websites are disallowing most obvious passwords but still the most common passwords are same every where. Have a look to find yours.

password, 123456, qwerty, abc123, letmein, monkey, myspace1, password1, link182, (your first name)1234

If you recognize yours, you are already handing over yourself your information on the web.

Many people believe they know their way around the digital world as well as or better than the physical world. Everything from paying bills to phone calls to distant relatives can now be done online. People store some of their most important documents, photos and financial information electronically — and seem to be more organized than ever. Yet while people may be cyber savvy and on the cutting edge of digital culture, they may not be cyber secure.

Remember that the internet is a public resource. Avoid putting anything online that you may want to remove or withdraw or that you don’t want the public to see. As a general practice, let your common sense guide your decisions about what to post online. Before you publish something on the internet, determine what value it provides and consider the implications of having the information available to the public. Identity theft is an increasing problem, and the more information an attacker can gather about you, the easier it is to pretend to be you.