Once again, “123456” is the most troublesome password on the list. This is followed by “password,” “12345,” “12345678,” and “qwerty.”
Securing your Apple ID
To make your Apple ID more secure, we suggest using Cupertino’s two-step verification process. This is available for iCloud and Apple ID users.
The system requires a user to verify their identity before making changes to an account or processing an iTunes or App Store purchase from a new device. If enabled, the process takes the place of security questions.
When two-step verification is enabled, a security code can be sent via SMS or through the Find my iPhone app, if installed. If you ever lose your device or forget your password, a recovery key will also be provided for accessing an account.
To set up two-step verification, follow these steps:
- Go to My Apple ID.
- Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in.
- Select Password and Security.
- Under Two-Step Verification, select Get Started and follow the onscreen instructions.
For more information, click here.
Don’t use these passwords
Here are SplashData’s most hacked passwords of 2014, according to SplashData:
One final note: Even the most secure passwords should be changed from time to time. Our advice: Change your passwords at least every six months. Mark a reminder of this in your calendar.