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May 21st


The Worst Passwords You Could Choose (And How to Avoid Them)

Data breaches were abundant last year, forcing us all to take a look at our own security measures for the many devices and online accounts we use. One of the best ways to help secure your personal data and identity involves creating strong, secure passwords. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, as seen in SplashData's list of 2014's worst passwords, many of us don't take advantage of this simple security measure and instead fall back on using weak, easily hacked passwords.

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Here are the top 20 most common passwords found on the internet in 2014, presented by SplashData's "Worst Passwords of 2014":
  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345
  4. 12345678
  5. qwerty
  6. 123456789
  7. 1234
  8. baseball
  9. dragon
  10. football
  11. 1234567
  12. monkey
  13. letmein
  14. abc123
  15. 111111
  16. mustang
  17. access
  18. shadow
  19. master
  20. michael
Peruse the entire list and you'll start to get an idea of what not to use for a password. So, how would one go about creating a great password? One way to make sure you have a strong password is by using a password management tool that creates random passwords for you. Longer passwords containing different types of characters are considered much safer. You could also use a phrase jumbled together that you know you'll remember, and make that even stronger by adding a number or a special character.

Another way to protect your personal information and identity online is by using a security tool like ID Vault, which will encrypt and store all your online account information so that you can access them more safely in just one click. The ID Vault SecureView™ browser opens a secure connection to financial websites and submits credentials automatically to protect users from a variety of network, key logging, screen scraping and Trojan-based attacks.

Every small step you take to secure your personal information online decreases the chances of getting your identity or information stolen, and they are all worth the extra time and energy. Fixing the issues that arise from a stolen identity can cost an enormous amount of money and valuable time. Use that money and time for something that makes you smile, instead.