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One of the Most Common Passwords Is "123456"

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A massive June 2016 Twitter hack suggests that it might be wise to take a course on internet security. The hack of almost 33 million users revealed that more than 120,000 of them used the foolishly simple "123456" as their passcodes. (Other popular passwords were "password," "qwerty," and "123456789.") Though simple and obvious passwords can be easy to guess and figure out, sometimes it doesn't make a difference. If a hacker is logging your keystrokes, then it doesn't matter how complicated and strong your password is. Two-step authentication is the safest way for a website to protect its users' information. For this process, an additional passcode is texted or emailed to you to ensure you're the one trying to log into your own account. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. "Password" is still the most common password, followed by "123456." 00:31

  2. A hybrid attack, which combines each word with different number combinations, only takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. 02:28

  3. A 2-digit password is ten times harder to crack than a 1-digit password. 03:29

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Written by Curiosity Staff July 11, 2016

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