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Last month in early October, Adobe servers were breached and the passwords of 130 million active and inactive users (38 million active users) were seized by hackers. These passwords were posted online and it’s shocking (or is it?) that users are still using such easy-to-guess and common passwords for their login credentials. According to Mashable, password cracker Jeremi Gosney downloaded the password file, deciphered six million of the passwords, and posted the Top 100 over the weekend.

His posting showed that the top passwords that everyone tells you not to use, were still the top passwords used! For example, “123456″ was used by 1.9 million people, and the longer “12345678″ was used by almost 500,000 people.

The Top 15 listed are below (are you still using any of these?!? you should change your password immediately!)

123456
123456789
password
adobe123
12345678
qwerty
1234567
111111
photoshop
123123
1234
adobe1
macromedia
azerty
iloveyou

Ironically, October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and surely this hack will bring a better understanding to the importance of using complex passwords. Please see the below simple, best practices to help you and your identity remain cyber safe!

Educate yourself, family, staff and co-workers to use strong passwords; appropriately change and protect them. Strong passwords have the following characteristics:

Contain at least three of the five following character classes:
Lower case characters
Upper case characters
Numbers
Punctuation
“Special” characters (e.g. @#$%^&*()_+|~-=`{}[]:”;’<>/ etc)
Contain at least fifteen alphanumeric characters
Try to create passwords that can be easily remembered. One way to do this is create a password based on a song title, affirmation, or other phrase. For example, the phrase might be: “This May Be One Way To Remember” and the password could be: “TmB1w2R!” or “Tmb1W>r~”
Stay safe and remember to change your passwords often!!!