Most Common and Stupid Passwords

Following on from previous articles, what are the most common (and therefore also the least secure passwords?

Believe it or not they are

123456
123456789
password
12345678
qwerty
1234567
111111
admin
iloveyou
letmein
1234
monkey
shadow
sunshine
password1

as well as

pet names
dates of birth
family names
birthplaces
sports team
names of “significant others”
etc.

You get the picture – real simple ones!

So it is a no brainer that a hacker is going try all of these first. Its real easy to break into your site or blog if your login is also admin or maybe your business name.

Perhaps it is time to toughen up your system?

In short, to improve your security:-

Longer passwords are way more secure than short ones (should be min 8 characters but 12 is much stronger)
Mix upper and lower case letters with numbers and symbols
Don’t use the same password for more than one thing
Combine a good password with a good (obscure) login name as well

Last month’s article suggests a way to create passwords that you can remember. See http://www.netaction.co.nz/making-secure-passwords/