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The top 5 worst passwords of 2017 (and how to choose one that’s secure)

nbcnews.com describes an obvious fact, but still the same easily hacked password can still be found. 

Strong passwords recommendation are:

  • At least 12 characters, longer is better
  • A mix of upper and lower case letters, plus numbers or symbols
  • Avoid using names of people or pets, places you’ve lived, birthdays, sports teams or anything else than can be found on your social media accounts
  • Don’t use patterns, such as “abc,” “123” or “qwerty”
  • Avoid simple phrases, such as “letmein” 
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Here’s a New Year’s resolution that could make a big difference in your life: Resolve to update and improve the passwords to your online accounts. The threat from cyber crooks is real and getting worse. And yet, most Americans still have lousy passwords that are incredibly easy to crack. The top five Worst Passwords of 2017, according to the just-released list from the password management company SplashData, are: Digital security experts tell NBC News it’s how many people deal with an overload of passwords. The average American internet user now has 150 online accounts, according to a recent survey by password management company Dashlane. We all do it. Dashlane compiled a list of the Worst Password Offenders – high-profile people and organizations that suffered the most significant password-related blunders in 2017. President Donald Trump topped the list. Members of his administration – including multiple cabinet secretaries, senior policy directors and even cybersecurity advisor Rudy Giuliani – were found to be using “unsecure, simple passwords” for multiple accounts, according to an investigation by the U.K.’s Channel 4 News. Trump also had direct connections to three of the other Top 10 offenders: the Republican Party, Paul Manafort and Sean Spicer. Equifax was… Engaging post, Read More…

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