Password management: It’s as easy as 1-2-3…..well actually 8-4

I bet I can guess your online password. Is it….1,2,3,4,5,6? Or simply ‘password’? Don’t be surprised that I guessed it because according to a survey those are the top two passwords in use today. Here are the top ten:

123456
password
12345678
qwerty
abc123
123456789
111111
1234567
iloveyou
adobe123

With so many people using such simple passwords is it any wonder that our credit cards or other records are so easily hacked? We constantly read of those with malicious intent hacking into accounts and gaining sensitive information they can immediately use or leverage into higher access. There are a number of ways to thwart their activity, some costly and others more time consuming, but the best and easiest way is to simply ‘harden’ your password. By harden I mean make it more difficult for ‘bad actors’ to figure out what it is and gain entry to your personal accounts and information.

Read the rest of Dr. LeClair’s piece on the National Cybersecurity Institute blog.

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