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Account management: Avoid commonly used passwords

Updated: Jan 24, 2019

By J. Carlton Collins, CPA

Some CPAs consider themselves clever for coming up with easy-to-remember passwords, but hackers are often wise to this tactic. Each year, SplashData (the developer of SplashID) compiles a list of millions of stolen passwords and sorts them in order of popularity. For 2017, the top 10 most commonly used stolen passwords were as follows:

  1. 12346

  2. password

  3. 12345678

  4. qwerty

  5. 12345

  6. 123456789

  7. letmein

  8. 1234567

  9. football

  10. iloveyou

You can view a complete list of SplashData's 100 most commonly used stolen passwords at s13639.pcdn.co. For advice on how to generate passwords, refer to my April/May 2015 JofA Technology Q&A item "Unforgettable Passwords."

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