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Behold the worst passwords of 2014The most commonly used passwords are painfully bad, but soon we'll all use fingerprints to log into apps. Meanwhile, learn what Microsoft has in store for its Windows 10 event.
If your password is 1-2-3-4-5, you should just throw away your computer because you don't belong on the internet. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET update. Cyber attacks and data breeches are practically a weekly occurrence these days and yet, even though we've seen some horrendous hack attacks in the past year, people are still using some of the absolute worst passwords ever. The password manager service, SplashData, published it's annual list of the worst passwords. By compiling more than 3.3 million leaked passwords from 2014 to find the most commonly used. The top two continue to be 123456 and password. Also on the top ten worst list qwerty, dragon, baseball, and football. New in the top 25 list this year is batman. But I'm sorry to break it to you, Batman can't save you from cyber attacks. Picking a common word or sports team or number string is the worst thing you can do, because these are the first things hackers try when cracking accounts. You also shouldn't use names of kids or your birth year. All those are easy to find out or guess. Instead, create a password that's a combination of two uncommon words, mixed with some numbers and symbols. That way it'll help you better remember. Maybe you wanna pick something quirky from your childhood or a funny word your mom used to say to you. Just stay away from common words. Of course, another problem is using that same password on multiple accounts. But soon, you may not have to memorize so many passwords. A report from Juniper Research says that in the next four years we'll be relying more on mobile apps that use fingerprint scanners and facial recognition software to get around complicated passwords. The research predicts that this year mobile users will download six million apps. That are equipt to support biometrics. In other news, Nintendo announced that it's ending the Club Nintendo rewards program. It's gonna replace it with some other type of loyalty program in the future. Customers earned points for purchases, and redeemed them for small tokens like ring tones or shirts. And Microsoft's gonna soon reveal more details about the next operating system, Windows 10. At an event on Wednesday, Microsoft's gonna show off how Windows 10 works on desktops, tablets, phones, and how it connects to the Xbox One. It's designed to be much less annoying than Windows 8 by bringing back some familiar navigation features from Windows 7. That means it will have a start menu and actually look like a desktop computer when you have a keyboard attached, and then you can have a touchscreen tile thing when it's a tablet. We may likely also learn about a whole new type of internet browsing that's separate from internet explorer. Be sure to log onto CNET.com on Wednesday to follow the live coverage from Microsoft's headquarters. Starting at 9:00 a.m. Pacific, noon eastern. That's your Tech News Update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]