Experts Say To Change Your Password Immediately If It Fits This Description

Everybody knows how important it is to have a strong computer password. But despite this common knowledge, many people still use simple passwords that a hacker could figure out in 30 seconds.  SplashData, a provider of security applications and services, revealed the worst passwords of 2017, and they are as bad as they ever have been.

Words like “abc123,” “starters,” “Whatever,” and “admin123” are some of the entrants in this year’s roundup of bad passwords.

According to Splashdata, the top 25 worst passwords are:

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. 12345
6. 123456789
7. letmein
8. 1234567
9. football
10. iloveyou
11. admin
12. welcome
13. monkey
14. login
15. abc123
16. starwars
17. 123123
18. dragon
19. password
20. master
21. hello
22. freedom
23. whatever
24. qazwsx
25. trustno1

According to Newsmax:

Splashdata has released its list of the worst passwords of 2017, including “star wars,” “monkey,” and of course, “password.”

Splashdata’s top-ranked horrible password was “123456,” with “password” being second. Most of the bad passwords were too obvious and easy to guess, with strings of sequential numbers appearing six times on the top 25 list, along with “abc123.”

 “Qwerty,” which appears in that order on a typical computer keyboard, and “letmein,” were other top-ranked passwords, joining “admin” and “login” as passwords a hacker could probably guess in under five minutes, Mashable reported
“Hello,” “whatever,” and “trustno1” were several other bad choices.

Splashdata estimates about 10 percent of people have used one of the top 25 worst passwords, USA Today reported.

Experts recommend using a phrase as a password instead of a single word and adding in symbols or numbers that you can remember rather easily. Using two-factor authentication, where you get a text or email with a code to authenticate your identity, is another good option. 

 Other recommendations include using a different password for each site you use, since hackers will often take one successful password and try to use it on other services, and using a password manager, which automatically generates unique passwords for different sites and only requires you to have one password to log in to the manager.
Besides hackers who want to access your financial information to steal from you, others who might want to access your personal information include prankster friends, exes who want revenge, or those you may have alienated at work or on social media, Lifehacker suggested.
It is important to protect our information and considering hackers are becoming more prevalent it’s probably a good idea to take extra steps to ensure your protection. It is never a good idea to re-use passwords. Use a password manager or simply write the passwords down and store them in a secure place.

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