#facepalm #seriously? C’mon folks this is getting ridicules. No one should be living their lives thinking they are safe with passwords that use “123456” or the name of thier street, or scarier yet, their birthday or social security number! Everyday we listen to advertisements promoting security products and protection. Why, because there is a huge need for it! People are getting hacked more and more and there are several things you can do to protect yourself. First and easiest is creating secure passwords!

From Microsoft:

What makes a password strong (or weak)?

A strong password:

  • Is at least eight characters long.

  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.

  • Does not contain a complete word.

  • Is significantly different from previous passwords.

  • Contains characters from each of the following four categories:

    Character category

    Examples

    Uppercase letters

    A, B, C

    Lowercase letters

    a, b, c

    Numbers

    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

    Symbols found on the keyboard (all keyboard characters not defined as letters or numerals) and spaces

    ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = { } [ ] \ | : ; " ‘ < > , . ? /

Protect yourself people! Please do not use one of the following password! Here is the list of 2014’s most popular used passwords:

1. 123456 (Unchanged)

2. password (Unchanged)

3. 12345 (Up 17)

4. 12345678 (Down 1)

5. qwerty (Down 1)

6. 123456789 (Unchanged)

7. 1234 (Up 9)

8. baseball (New)

9. dragon (New)

10. football (New)

11. 1234567 (Down 4)

12. monkey (Up 5)

13. letmein (Up 1)

14. abc123 (Down 9)

15. 111111 (Down 8)

16.mustang (New)

17. access (New)

18. shadow (Unchanged)

19. master (New)

20. michael (New)

21. superman (New)

22. 696969 (New)

23. 123123 (Down 12)

24. batman (New)

25. trustno1 (Down 1)

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