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The Most Unsafe Passwords of 2012 Look a Lot Like the Ones from 2011
If the datas to be believed, Americans still love using the word password for their passwords. Unbelievable, right? Well, sadly, its true. Password is indeed the most common password used by Americans, according to a number of studies conducted at the end of 2012.
Whats even more shocking than the use of password is the fact that, for several years in a row now, this word has been used by countless Americans to safeguard their PCs even as major, heavily reported hacking events have affected well-known brands.
For example, in 2012 LinkedIn and Yahoo were both victims of large-scale security failures that saw hundreds of thousands of user passwords stolen by malicious hackers. (A quick note on that: if you were a user of those two sites in 2012 and havent changed your password in a long time, change it now!)
And yet, even with all of this information at hand, the following list of the most commonly used online passwords persists, year-after-year:
At least Americas pastime (baseball) and an adorable primate got into the mix this year.
Computer Password Tips
As weve described in our articles on computer password selection and protection, using simple words as a password makes it easy for a malicious hacker to access your data and steal your valuable information.
Instead, follow some of the tips below to strengthen your passwords. While no password will ever be 100 percent effective, a stronger password is often all youll need to motivate a hacker into moving onto easier prey.
For a look at the worst passwords of 2011, as well as some additional security tips, please see our article from last year, The Most Unsafe Password Choices of 2011.