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Hacking employees’ passwords: As simple as 1 2 3 4 5 6

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If your employees are using 123456 as their passwords to company data, they’re a hacker’s dream—and they’re not very unique.

This sequential string—easy to type and easy to remember—is the top log-in password used by Americans, according to password management company SplashData.

The second most popular password? “Password,” which has actually held the No. 1 spot every other year of the survey.

The other passwords among the dozen most popular: 12345678, qwerty, abc123, 123456789, 111111, 1234567, iloveyou, adobe123, 123123 and admin.

Advice: Require employee passwords to be at least eight characters, a letter/number combination and at least one capital letter. Work with IT to force employees to change their passwords at least quarterly.

Online resources: Test the quality of your password using Microsoft’s free Password Checker. The online tool lets you type in your password and receive a weak, medium, strong or best ranking.

To keep track of all your various passwords, consider signing up for an online password manager program. A recent Wall Street Journal report suggested Dashlane as the best service, followed by LastPass and 1Password.

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