Doug Bedell — January 21, 2015, 12:45 pm

Passwords Should Be Challenging

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Pay heed to your Internet passwords. You probably are, in the sense that you’re prompted to have passwords for lots of websites. But put a little ingenuity into them. The two most common passwords, advises Information Week’s Dark Reading blog, are “123456” and “Password,” and careless cues like those won’t protect your security for long.

SplashData presents its fourth annual list of the worst, or most commonly used, passwords. “The good news,” says Mark Burnett, author of “Perfect Passwords” and a SplashData associate, “is that it appears that more people are moving away from using these passwords. In 2014, the top 25 passwords represented about 2.2% of passwords exposed. While still frightening, that’s the lowest percentage of people using the most common passwords I have seen in recent studies.”

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