Most of us have had to be on some sort of virtual call or conference or, perhaps, even a social event online this year. But before you get to that Zoom or Teams meeting, you may have to remember your log in credentials.

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It is always an issue, at least for me, each month when we are asked to come up with a new password for our email here at the radio station. You never want a password that is too obvious or a password that you forget right after you log out off of your phone or computer. But what do most people choose for their password in a pandemic year?

According to at least one report, the top ten worst secret words or phrases for 2020 is pretty similar to last year. In the top spot is 1-2-3-4-5-6, with more than two-and-a-half million users. In second place is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 with nearly one million users. Password itself also made the list, along with 1-1-1-1-1-1 and 1-2-3-1-2-3.

So what is your go to for passwords on a new site or device? The more accounts that I have, the more I am trying to write them down and keep them somewhere safe. I am still doing some of our family bills old school. I like to write checks and send them in the mail but I have been doing a good job of more of that online. But each site I use, I try to use a similar or different password just in case someone tries to hack my stuff.

2020 has forced many of us to be more tech savvy than we were even a year ago. I don't mind being on a virtual call every now and again, but nothing beats seeing live music or being with family in person. Let's hope we can crack the COVID-19 code soon!

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