Are you using one of these crappy passwords?

locked mouseHow many times are we advised to use strong passwords to protect ourselves? So many times that we tune out the advice maybe?

Even in the face of multiple warnings and the occasional cautionary tale like Target getting hacked, people are still using easily guessed and insecure codes to protect date. Splashdata compiled a list of the 25 most commonly used passwords, and they got their data from stolen files offered for sale.

Are you using one of these? Or anything like them?

Rank              Password  

1

123456

2

password

 

3

12345678

 

4

qwerty

 

5

abc123

6

123456789

 

7

111111

 

8

1234567

 

9

iloveyou

 

10

adobe123

 

11

123123

 

12

admin

 

13

1234567890

 

14

letmein

 

15

photoshop

 

16

1234

 

17

monkey

 

18

shadow

 

19

sunshine

 

20

12345

 

21

password1

 

22

princess

 

23

azerty

 

24

trustno1

 

25

000000

Well, stop it. Stop it right now. You wouldn’t put a front door made of tissues on your house, and that’s not too different from these passwords.

The issue with strong passwords is that they can be tough to remember, and that makes us a bit lazy.  Here’s some advice from Webroot about making something strong enough to protect you and easy enough to recall.

Don’t be the friend with the password so simple even *I* could crack it. Unless you’re my kid and it’s on your Facebook account.

Did I say that out loud?

 

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