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Protect yourself online with strong passwords

cellular-hack-graphicThe easiest way into a building is through an unlocked door – and if you are one of the millions who still use “easy” passwords, you may be opening yourself up to hackers, impersonation and identity theft. According to a recent article in The Guardian, password management firm SplashData put together a list of over 2 million compromised keys, only to find among them, the “25 worst passwords” – in most common use within a given period.

To be common is enough but to be so guess-able, quite another. Among the tops? Number one is (drum roll!) 123456, with an even worse choice coming in second, password. Even less imagination comes into play in this list:  1234567812345, 123456789, 1234 and 1234567, qwerty, football and baseball.

We suggest creating passwords at least 8 characters long, with a combination of lower case and upper case letters, plus numbers. That’s just the start. You can beef up your online security by making sure computers and devices have a password protected lock screen, and 2-step authentication (requiring a confirmation code via an additional source in combination with entering your password).




About vingn

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established in 2010 as a public corporation; it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. viNGN was funded primarily from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant made by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia. The program is called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). For more information regarding viNGN, call (340) 715-8581, or visit


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