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Is Your Password, "Password"?

Monday, October 10, 2016

In defense against hackers, your passwords may be the first–or last–hurdle between malicious cyber criminals and your most sensitive information. Unique, complex logins should be used to protect emails, social networks, bank accounts, shopping transactions and more. It is important to take great care crafting these passwords; however, the majority of Americans do not.

Each January, a password management firm compiles and shares a list of the worst logins from the year prior. The firm examined more than two million passwords that were leaked and breached. For the past five years, “123456” and “password” have topped the list.

If your passwords appear on this list, make a resolution to change them right now.

For the strongest passwords:

  • Make sure your combinations are between 8 and 12 characters long and are a cryptic combination of letters and numbers.
  • Take care to avoid your name, birthday, or pet’s name.
  • Create a unique password for each site.
  • Change your passwords a few times a year – especially after being notified of a breach.

2015 List of Most Popular Passwords

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. football
  8. 1234
  9. 1234567
  10. baseball
  11. welcome
  12. 1234567890
  13. abc123
  14. 111111
  15. 1qaz2wsx
  16. dragon
  17. master
  18. monkey
  19. letmein
  20. login
  21. princess
  22. qwertyuiop
  23. solo    

Did your password make the “worst” list? Will you change it?