From Dropbox, to Facebook, to eBay, criminals are after your data and will do just about anything to get it. You can make their job harder by following these simple steps to protect your data.

Pick a decent password!

Top 25 worst passwords of 2014 have been now been released, and I’m sure you’ll be shocked at how simple some of them actually are. If you have any of these as your password, you need to change it immediately, as they are easily hackable.

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345
  4. 12345678
  5. qwerty
  6. 1234567890
  7. 1234
  8. baseball
  9. dragon
  10. football
  11. 1234567
  12. monkey
  13. letmein
  14. abc123
  15. 111111
  16. mustang
  17. access
  18. shadow
  19. master
  20. michael
  21. superman
  22. 696969
  23. 123123
  24. batman
  25. trustno1

Log out or lock your computer

Have you ever gone to make a cup of coffee at work and forgotten to lock your PC? We’re all guilty of it at one point or another, but this is a habit that you need to change. What if someone decides to sneakily use your pc? What could they access? Any personal information, along with all the confidential work information? Locking your PC protects your data.

Keep your password YOUR password

Once again, this is so simple but you’ll be surprised how many people fail to keep their passwords a secret! Your password is your password and you should keep it that way. If there is no other option and you have to tell someone your password, then temporarily change it and swap it back when they have finished. You need to keep your information safe, it should be your number one priority.

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