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How to avoid being hacked: start by upping your password game – ‘12345’ doesn’t cut it

By Thembekile Olivia Mayayise, Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand
If you type the term “password cyberattack” into Google News, the results will show just how often cyber criminals are getting hold of important data belonging to companies and individuals. Weak passwords are a big part of the problem. For instance, in 2023 technology security firm Nordpass reported that “123456” was the most common password in Nigeria, and the second most common password in the whole world.

Thembekile Mayayise is a cybersecurity professional and


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