Avoid Popular Passwords

We are all guilty of occasional laziness when it comes to password selection, but the absolute worst thing anyone can do is use “password” as his or her password.  SplashData (a major password management application provider) recently published its annual list of worst Internet passwords and guess what was number 1?

“Password” ranks first on the list, followed by “123456.” Sequences of adjacent numbers or letters on the keyboard, such as “qwerty,” and popular names, such as “ashley” and “michael,” all are common choices.

Using any of these passwords puts you immediately at risk with hackers or identity thieves.  To illustrate the point, Mel Brooks famously spoofed a terrible password choice in the movie Spaceballs.

SplashData created the rankings based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. The complete list:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. monkeyLog In and Password
  7. 1234567
  8. letmein
  9. trustno1
  10. dragon
  11. baseball
  12. 111111
  13. iloveyou
  14. master
  15. sunshine
  16. ashley
  17. bailey
  18. passw0rd
  19. shadow
  20. 123123
  21. 654321
  22. superman
  23. qazwsx
  24. michael
  25. football

If you are using any password on this list you should change it immediately. It is also advisable to use different passwords for every online account, especially between work and personal accounts.  Hackers have exploited reused passwords in many high profile security breaches including Sony and HBGary Federal.

Recommendations from SplashData for choosing secure passwords include using numbers, letters and special characters whenever possible and creating long passwords of eight characters or more (separating short words with spaces or underscores).

Read more here: http://splashdata.com/splashid/worst-passwords/

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