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||14) abc123|
|2) password||15) 111111|
|3) 12345||16) mustang|
|4) 12345678||17) access|
|5) qwerty||18) shadow|
|6) 123456789||19) master|
|7) 1234||20) michael|
|8) baseball||21) superman|
|9) dragon||22) 696969|
|10) football||23) 123123|
|11) 1234567||24) batman|
|12) monkey||25) trustno1|
Protect your informationHere 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!