Report: Password Still A Bad Password, Tips For A Better One

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An annual report of the most hacked passwords shows people are still choosing codes that are often way too easy to crack. Information posted online from hackers was used to create the “Worst Passwords of 2012″ list and the top three may not surprise you.

According to software security developer SplashData, here are the top three “losing” passwords we all love so much:

  1. PASSWORD
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678

Other popular passwords that aren’t so secure? ABC123 and LETMEIN.

To keep your account passwords safe from security breaches and hacks, make sure to embrace the following tips:

  • Create a password with at least eight characters
  • Mix letters, numbers and symbols – upper and lower case too if possible
  • Use different passwords for all of your important accounts

For more of the quirky not-so-secure passwords that dominated in 2012 and tips from Michelle Stark on how to protect your online identity, make sure to watch WHNT News 19 at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26th.



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