Gone are the days when you could choose your mother’s maiden name or your favorite pet as a secure password. Any dictionary based word, along with common names, can be hacked by someone with malicious intents and the right program to do so. This is why many online services require seemingly complicated passwords that are of at least a certain character length.
To help secure your accounts when choosing a password include numbers and symbols such as (!@#$%^&*_+). This may make your passwords a little more difficult to remember but it also makes it that much more difficult for an intruder to guess. It is also not recommended that you use the same password for multiple accounts because if the password is comprised once all your accounts using that password become vulnerable.