#CyberTip - Strong Passwords

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Bad habits die hard, according to SplashData’s eighth annual list of Worst Passwords of the Year. "123456" and "password" are the most commonly used passwords of 2018. SplashData created the list for 2018 by compiling data from five million leaked passwords.

#CyberTip - Passwords: Use at least 12 characters; Combine upper and lowercase letters and symbols; Don’t use personal information; Include symbols in sporadic places

Here are the 10 worst passwords of 2018...

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 123456789
  4. 12345678
  5. 12345
  6. 111111
  7. 1234567
  8. sunshine
  9. qwerty
  10. iloveyou

'123456,' 'donald,' and other terrible passwords people used this year
Source: Mashable.com

How to Pick a Better Password

No matter which authorized user group you belong to, following the tips on how to choose a strong password will keep you safer from a cyberattack. If you use one of these passwords, or something similarly simple, then it might be time to change it. And be sure not to use the same password for different accounts. 

Read the advice below on how to pick a better password...

  • Use at least 12 characters
  • Combine upper and lowercase letters and symbols
  • Don’t use personal information
  • Include symbols, such as $,?,% @, in sporadic places

Mashable and PC Magazine also highly recommend using a password manager. They generate unguessable passwords like ir23#m#uBJP!4i0k, remember them for you, and automatically use those saved passwords to log in to your secure sites. The following article helps you create a password that is both memorable and unguessable for securing your password manager or most valuable accounts.

Simple Tricks to Remember Insanely Secure Passwords
Source: PC Magazine