Infographic: Why your passwords aren’t keeping your online information safe

In the past year, two in five people have had a password stolen or an account hacked. That could be because 54 percent of people use five or fewer passwords during their entire lives. What about you?

When was the last time you changed your bank account password?

Last month? Last year?

Never? (It’s OK. We promise not to tell.)

When I saw this infographic from Telesign, I realized that hadn’t changed most of my online passwords since I created the accounts—which for some, was a long time ago.

Obviously, that’s not good. The infographic reports that 47 percent of people use passwords that are at least five years old. In the past year, two in five people had had a password stolen or an account hacked.

Fifty-four percent of people are duplicate-password users, using five or fewer passwords during their entire lives. Plus, the most popular passwords in 2014 were “12345,” “123456,” “12345678,” “password” and “qwerty.”

We’re basically giving hackers an open invitation to steal our information. Yikes!

Learn more about password security in the infographic: ​

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