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November 30, 2011

Worst Internet passwords and 5 tips for strong passwords

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Here is some interesting information from Splashdata. Are you using any of these passwords to log into your email, Facebook page or even you bank account?

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. monkey
  7. 1234567
  8. letmein
  9. trustno1
  10. dragon
  11. baseball
  12. 111111
  13. iloveyou
  14. master
  15. sunshine
  16. ashley
  17. bailey
  18. passwOrd (The “O” is a zero here)
  19. shadow
  20. 123123
  21. 654321
  22. superman
  23. qazwsx
  24. michael
  25. football

If so, it is probably time to upgrade to something more secure, you are likely to get hacked.

Here are 5 tips for strong passwords.

  1. Don’t use the same password for everything
  2. Don’t use anything obvious like your birthday, login name or a pets name – hackers can trawl through applications like Facebook looking for clues
  3. The longer the password the better, aim for at least 8 characters
  4. Mix up your character, use upper and lower case, numbers and special characters like ` ! ” ? $ ? % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = { [ } ] : ; @ ‘ ~ # | \ < , > . ? /
  5. Having trouble, generate a random password from a site like strongpasswordgenerator.com

Keeping track of all these unique passwords can be a challenge. Consider using a password manager, there is a great review of the top players here.

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