Using common passwords can make your IT more challenging to manage and your system less secure. Make the task harder for hackers – create and use complex passwords!
Below are the “Worst Passwords of 2015” as determined by SplashData. Their fifth annual report was compiled from more than 2 million leaked passwords during the year.
Star Wars-themed passwords made their debut for the first time, along with “1234567890”, “1qaz2wsx” (first two columns of main keys on a standard keyboard), and “qwertyuiop” (top row of keys on a standard keyboard).
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If you’re using any of these passwords, change them now! Here are a few tips for creating more secure passwords:
- Keep all passwords in a safe place like password-protecting software, not on Post-It Notes in your desk.
- If you use a single word as your password, it’s hackable in under 20 minutes – maybe under 10.
- Stay away from passwords that are easily identified with you such as names of pets or family members.
- Don’t share your passwords.
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