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You really shouldn't be using one of these passwords for your online accounts

You really shouldn't be using one of these passwords for your online accounts

Security: The Fight Against The Bad Guys
January 20, 2015

Do you have a secure password for your online accounts? If your password is on SplashData’s (via 9to5Mac) annual list of the 25 most hacked passwords of 2014, you certainly don’t.

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:

  1. Go to My Apple ID.
  2. Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in.
  3. Select Password and Security.
  4. Under Two-Step Verification, select Get Started and follow the onscreen instructions.

For more information, click here.

More tools


Your Apple ID isn’t your only online password, of course. To keep track of all of your passwords, see our two AppGuides: Secret And Password Keeping Apps, and Best iPad Password Keeping Apps.

Don’t use these passwords


Here are SplashData’s most hacked passwords of 2014, according to SplashData:

  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

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.

Mentioned apps

Find My iPhone
Find My iPhone

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