Advice to Avoid Risky Passwords

  
     
January 10, 2013

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Easy To Remember Passwords Create Huge Risk & Make It Easy For Hackers

 

2012 was a year with several high profile password hacking incidents at major sites including Yahoo, Linkedin and eHarmony.

 

Thieves love easy, guessable Passwords...The internet crime group IC3 has released the TOP, most  frequently used passwords that were STOLEN BY HACKERS AND POSTED ONLINE in 2012.  If you are using any of these passwords change your password NOW.

HOW TO LESSEN THE RISK OF HACKERS:
If you are using any of these passwords change your password now.  Consider a  new password with a minimum of 8 characters, include both upper and lower case, numbers and underline_ or dash-.  Most importantly change your passwords often and don’t use the same password for all accounts.


#              Password                Change from 2011
1               password                 Unchanged
2               123456                    Unchanged
3               12345678                Unchanged
4               abc123                     Up 1
5               qwerty                      Down 1
6               monkey                    Unchanged
7               letmein                     Up 1
8               dragon                     Up 2
9               111111                      Up 3
10             baseball                   Up 1
11             iloveyou                   Up 2
12             trustno1                   Down 3
13             1234567                  Down 6
14             sunshine                  Up 1
15             master                      Down 1
16             123123                    Up 4
17             welcome                  New
18             shadow                    Up 1
19             ashley                      Down 3
20             football                     Up 5
21             jesus                        New
22             michael                     Up 2
23             ninja                         New
24             mustang                   New
25             password1               New

 

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