Most Common Computer Password Is A Repeat Winner

January 25, 2017

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Every 60 days you have to start from scratch.  The dreaded password change is actually designed to protect your privacy. But let's face it, it's a hassle trying to remember the new password. Man time you find yourself desperately trying to remember it before locking yourself out of your computer and opening yourself up for a lecture from your IT department. It really shouldn’t' be a surprise that the most commonly used password for 2016, once again, is 1-2-3-4-5-6.  Followed by password, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0 and qwerty; all of which make it easy for hackers to access your computer.  Other common passwords making the list are: football, princess, login, welcome, admin and hottie.  But software programs are forcing you to be more secure, like mom forcing you to eat Brussel sprouts.  Google won't even let you use "password" in an effort to protect you.  Experts say the best password is actually a phrase you may know, such as "pen and pencil", capitalizing other than the first letter and using numbers.  Regardless of how you decide to deal with your passwords, enable the two-factor authentication, where a text or email is sent to you with a unique one-time code that makes it harder for hackers to access your online stuff!

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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