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Avoiding Cyber Risk

Author: Alaska Public Entity Insurance/Saturday, December 1, 2012/Categories: Newsletters, 2012 Winter

In this digital age we are constantly faced with cyber risk. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to mitigate this risk. One simple and easy way to decrease your cyber risk is to choose a good, secure password, because a good password will deter most amateur cyber thieves. Here is a list of the top 10 worst passwords identified in 2011:

1) password

2) 123456

3) 12345678

4) qwerty

5) abc123

6) monkey

7) 1234567

8) letmein

9) trustno1

10) dragon

Different sites and programs have different password requirements. However, the strongest passwords are a seemingly random string of characters including upper-case letters, lower-case letters, numbers, and punctuation.  The problem lies in remembering these types of passwords.

One recommended method is to take a memorable phrase and grab the first letter of each word and any punctuation or numbers and convert it to a password.

For example, take the phrase “We have two kids: Jack and Jill.” The corresponding password would be:


Or the phrase, “My number one insurance co. isn’t expensive.” The corresponding password would be:


This seemingly random string of characters is not too difficult to remember and is very secure.

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