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Recognize these passwords? Stop using them


NEW YORK – Jan. 26, 2016 – Real estate professionals must keep clients' personal information stored securely, and the first line of defense against hackers is a strong password that's hard to crack. But not all agents use passwords that can stand up to increasing cyber-security threats.

Since 2013, the two worst passwords to protect private information are "123456" and "password," according to SplashData, a security solutions provider that releases an annual list of the most commonly used passwords on the Internet. As a result, those passwords are often the first ones that cyber criminals try.

SplashData's list of the weakest passwords in common use

  • 123456
  • password
  • 12345
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • 123456789
  • 1234
  • baseball
  • dragon
  • football
  • 1234567
  • monkey
  • letmein
  • abc123
  • 111111
  • mustang
  • access
  • shadow
  • master
  • Michael

Source: "These Are the Worst Passwords in the World: Do You Use Any of Them?" FOX News (Jan. 19, 2016)

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