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The Worst Passwords of 2014

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The Worst Passwords of 2014
It’s time to analyze last year’s mistakes. Let’s start with redefining our privacy and security. Here is the annual list of the 25 most frequently passwords found on the Internet appearing to be the Worst Passwords, that will expose anybody to being hacked or having their identities stolen. 

SplashData has released its annual list of the most common passwords compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year of 2014. Still “123456” and “password” continue to win the top 2 spots where they have been each year since the first report of 2011. You won’t believe but the Top 10 still includes “qwerty,” “dragon,” and “football.”. You can even simply guess the passwords those make Top 25 cause all of them comprised of numbers only. Since we are left only a month and a half till the  Valentine’s Day it’s rather obvious to claim that password “iloveyou” is one of the nine passwords from 2013-2014.
According to the recent reports, the passwords evaluated for the 2014 list were mostly held by users of North America and Western Europe. In 2014, millions of passwords from Russian accounts were also leaked, but these passwords were not included in the analysis.
You should avoid passwords based on simple keyboard patterns. They are too weak and easy to be hacked.
Main recommendations:
Don’t use a favorite sport as your password – “basketball” and “football” are in top 10, and “hockey,” “soccer” and “golfer” are in the top 100. Don’t use a favorite team either, as “yankees,” “eagles,” “steelers,” “rangers,” and “lakers” are all in the top 100.  Don’t use your birthday or especially just your birth year — 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 are all in the top 100. While baby name books are popular for naming children, don’t use them as sources for picking passwords. Common names such as “michael,” “jennifer,” “thomas,” “jordan,” “hunter,” “michelle,” “charlie,” “andrew,” and “daniel” are all in the top 50.
So here it is, the list of “Worst Passwords of 2014”:
1    123456
2    password
3    12345
4    12345678
5    qwerty
6    1234567890
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
21    superman
22    696969
23    123123
24    batman
25    trustno1


Here are 4 simple tips to be more secure from hackers today: 
1. Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters.
2. Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites.
3. Use a password manager to organize and protect passwords, generate random passwords, and automatically log into websites.
4. Backup your precious data with Spinbackup and be protected from any data loss due to hackers activity!


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