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August 17, 2015

Are Your Passwords Really Protecting You?

Filed under: General HR Buzz1:58 pm


Nowadays, being “on the grid” refers to much more than our culture’s reliance on public utilities and municipalities. With the dawn of the digital age, all of your personal and private information is interconnected through an intricate web of virtual databases. Phone numbers, addresses, photos, affiliations, memberships and accounts are all accessible with a few clicks … spooky stuff.

It’s important for you and your credit union’s employees, both personally and professionally, to keep personal information protected. While in theory most people will agree, in practice we can display some pretty bad habits.

SplashData compiles an annual list of millions of stolen passwords made public throughout the year. In case you haven’t seen it, here are the most recent top 25 passwords in order of popularity:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345
  4. 12345678
  5. qwerty
  6. 123456789
  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

Play your part and protect your information. Here are a few simple tips for creating a stronger password:

  • Make sure it’s at least eight characters long
  • Include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols
  • Love pizza? Have a favorite pet? Born in January? Nice to know, keep it out of your password! Don’t include details that people know about you or is publicly attainable
  • Use multiple passwords – if one gets cracked, at least the others didn’t
  • If you write it down or keep it in a document, make sure to keep it hidden
  • Don’t give it out to anyone else

Take the time to come up with a good password and protect it. It’s an investment that only takes a few minutes, and is well worth it!