If 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:
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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