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As predicted, 2017 concluded with a record number of data breaches due to cyberattacks. Because of these breaches, we now have more insight into the terrible passwords being used to secure sensitive information all over the world.

Of course, you’ve never used a password on this list, but it’s a good reminder to take the following precautions:

  • Change passwords every six months – At minimum, you should do this with email, banking, and social media sites
  • Use unique passwords – Do not repeat passwords across multiple sites
  • Use more than 12 characters – Include upper and lower-case letters as well as numbers/special characters
  • Avoid frequently-used words and phrases
  • Enable two-factor authentication – Users of stolen passwords will also require your mobile device

Now, here are the top 10 most used (and worst!) passwords of 2017:

1. 123456
2. Password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. 12345
6. 123456789
7. letmein
8. 1234567
9. football
10. iloveyou

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