The Worst Passwords of 2013

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The Worst Passwords of 2013

Here are a list of the Worst Password of 2013 courtesy of the massive Adobe leak of 40 million passwords. Because this data was culled from the Adobe leak its probably why adobe and adobe123 make the list. I am sure you could probably substitute any website in there IE: microsoft and microsoft123

Here are the passwords:

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

Source: Network World

Create strong passwords

A strong password is an important protection to help you have safer online transactions. Here are some steps to create a strong password. Consider using some or all to help protect yourself online:

  • Length. Make your passwords at least eight (8) long.
  • Complexity. Include a combination of at least three (3) upper and/or lowercase letters, punctuation, symbols, and numerals. The more variety of characters in your password, the better.
  • Variation. Change your passwords often. Set an automatic reminder to update passwords on your email, banking, and credit card websites every three months.
  • Variety. Don’t use the same password for everything. Cyber criminals can steal passwords from websites that have poor security, and then use those same passwords to target more secure environments, such as banking websites.

There are many ways to create a long, complex password. Here are some suggestions that might help you remember it easily:

What to do Example
Start with a sentence or two. Complex passwords are safer.
Remove the spaces between the words in the sentence. Complexpasswordsaresafer.
Turn words into shorthand or intentionally misspell a word. ComplekspasswordsRsafer.
Add length with numbers. Put numbers that are meaningful to you after the sentence. ComplekspasswordsRsafer2013.

More strategies for strong passwords

Test your password with a password checker

A password checker evaluates your password’s strength automatically. Try Microsofts password checker.

Avoid common password pitfalls

Cyber criminals use sophisticated tools that can rapidly decipher passwords.

Avoid creating passwords that use:

  • Dictionary words in any language.
  • Words spelled backwards, common misspellings, and abbreviations.
  • Common letter-to-symbol conversions, such as changing “and” to “&” or “to” to “2”.
  • Sequences or repeated characters. Examples: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent letters on your keyboard (qwerty).
  • Personal information that could be guessed or easily discovered. Your name, birthday, driver’s license number, passport number, or similar information.

Source: Microsoft

Even Better Use Software to Store Your Passwords

For a small amount of money you can use software to store all your important passwords.

Here is a great review of 10 such apps.

By | 2016-11-10T20:52:38+00:00 January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Tech|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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