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Americans use passwords everyday, to log-on to social media, access bank accounts or to check emails.

But after information giants such as Sony, Target and even the U.S. Gov't, fell prey to data breaches in the last year

President Obama, "No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids."

But not everyone appears to have gotten the message

Shequanna Belizaire, college student, "I'm not gonna lie, I have a couple easy passwords."

According to a new report from Splash data, there are still many who are using common online passwords like "123456" "password" or even "batman" as their only line of defense against hackers.

"My Yahoo account has been hacked more than once."

Rochelle Alleyne, reporter,"While it's clear Gotham's caped crusader can't protect you online. There are a few things you can do to beef up your password strength."

Derrius Marlin, information security expert, "One of the big threats we see are people who basically reuse from one system to the other... the more random your password is and the longer it is, the much stronger your password is going to be."

Something that students can agree with.

Rachel Martin, college student, "I think that people should just be aware that their simple passwords can be hacked."

UF information security says for students protecting your university log-in is extremely important as some may fall prey to "hackers" at the start of the semester.

Derrius Marlin, information security expert, "We've seen this, where people will go in and de-register you for classes because they want that same class. So you definitely don't want to share your account credentials with anyone else."

To see how your online passwords stack up you can visit Splashdata for the full list of "2014's worst passwords."


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