Stay safe online: protect your passwords from hacking

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ORLANDO, FL. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – According to data compiled by the University of Maryland, there is a hacking attack on computers with Internet access every 39 seconds. These attacks affect one in three Americans each year. One of the main ways hackers break into accounts is through the use of insecure passwords.

It turns out that 1-2-3-4-5-6 is the most common online password, followed by these, but if you have one, you’re putting yourself in danger!

Recent research reveals that any six-character password, whether or not it contains numbers and symbols, can be cracked instantly! The same goes for seven- or eight-character passwords made up of only lowercase letters. On the other hand, a password using 18 symbols, numbers and characters will take 438 trillion years to crack!

To stay secure, experts say complicated passwords with unique letter-number combinations are best. For example, an 11-character password made up of numbers, upper and lower case letters, and symbols would take about 34 years to crack. Additionally, using multi-factor authentication can protect your accounts. This method requires you to enter a second login code, often from an app on your phone. Also, don’t use the same password on multiple websites. Your Facebook password should not be the same as your online banking password. And – set up a password manager to create and store your passwords.

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The most hacked passwords include animal names or affectionate terms like “love”, “baby” or “angel”. Colors, animals, and swear words are also commonly pirated.

Contributors to this report include: Marsha Lewis, producer; Roque Correa, videographer and editor.

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