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25 most hacked passwords of 2012 and 3 tips for better ones

October 22nd, 2012

lockIf you’re still using “password” as your password, or any number of the other most common ones, you’re asking for cyber trouble. See tips under the hacked passwords list.

A recent poll by David Henry Marketing based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers shows a few slightly more original but still easy to hack passwords sucha s “monkey,” and”dragon” on the list of the 25 most hacked of 2012. But many are the old standbys that literally invite cyber criminals into your devices.

Just for the record – Use longer passwords with both letters, numbers and symbols (@#$%^, etc.). Even those can be hacked but they’re more secure than this batch, the most hacked passwords of the year:
1. Password
2. 123456
3.12345678
4. Qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

Here are the top 3 tips by David Henry Marketing to help prevent fraud and deception:

1. Vary different types of characters in your passwords; include numbers, letters and special characters when possible.
2. Don’t use the same password and username combination for multiple websites. Use an online password manager to keep track of your different accounts.
3. Choose passwords of eight characters or more. Separate short words with spaces or underscores.

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