Skip to comments.25 Worst Internet Passwords
Posted on 11/20/2011 5:02:59 PM PST by freespirited
If password is your password, chances are youve been the victim of a hack attack.
Password is the least successful, according to SplashDatas annual list of worst Internet passwords.
The list, notes Mashable.com, is somewhat predictable. Sequences of adjacent numbers or letters on the keyboard, such as qwerty and 123456, and popular names, such as ashley and michael, all are common choices. Other common choices, such as monkey and shadow, are harder to explain.
As some websites have begun to require passwords to include both numbers and letters, it makes sense varied choices, such as abc123″ and trustno1, have become popular choices.
SplashData created the rankings based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. Here is the complete list:
SplashData CEO Morgan Slain urges businesses and consumers using any password on the list to change them immediately.
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Whew, Do Re Me is safe.
That’s the same combo I use for my luggage!
This is my password to sign on here:
iamadumass does not show up on the list. Wonder why? Seems to fit
Jenny8675309 didn’t make the list?
Just don’t go with do re mi.
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LOL! Another Spaceballs fan.
The hilarious thing is that people who use those passwords probably forget them.
I’m glad that “soccer” and “rugby” aren’t on there.
At least easylay is ok! ;-)
qwerty’s bad? There is no such word in the dictionary! How about qwerty123 (my evil sister’s password)?
I started using * ******
Keeps me protected
Amazing how stupid people can be and why identity theft is taking off like wild fire!!!
Back when Yahoo games were popular we used to run programs that would take a list of Yahoo names that were no longer allowed (they called them “rares”)and would repeatedly log on with a list of passwords until you hit. It would then save the name and password to a list so later on you could go there, log in, change the password and make the name your own. I still have hundreds of these IDs listed somewhere, only nobody cares about them anymore. There was nothing malicious about this, the names were mostly abandoned for years before we recovered them. It was just a Yahoo policy to never delete a user name so we took advantage of it. Every single word on that top 25 list was on my list plus hundreds more.
If you want to protect your login it isn’t really necessary to come up with something so complicated you end up forgetting it. Just throw something in there that makes it not worth searching for with an automatic program. For example, if your password is “phillip” odds are someday someone will get you. If you change it to “ph7illip” it may as well be “p*%MHr4__G”, nobody is going to crack it.
Nowadays cracking programs aren’t used too often. The more common way to get a password is to trick you into giving it away via some phony login screen or phishing. So be careful when you get anything unexpected asking for a login.
Actually it is a college
Dang. I’m using them all. This could take some time...
I don’t have a password at all on my hom Mac. Not much can be done without spoofing me into accepting it (and I do know better), nothing on there of interest, either. No CC numbers, nothing. It would be a very unproductive pursuit. Not even of value for a botnet, since it’s turned off better than half the time.
Now, the Windows PC at my office is another matter entirely.
I know! Why Rush is always talking about it. He says we should lock our lives or something like that.
Look at the keyboard above your left hand.
Whew, 09876 is safe!
111111 made the list but 101010 didn’t? Why not?
Nowadays, they usually lock the accounts after 10 consecutive unsuccessful attempts.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
I use my SoSecurity Number. No one will ever guess it!
I'd have to cut and paste that one... no way I could type that many letters without a typo.
They've done that for a long time. You work around that by using proxies and fooling the system into thinking it is a new, unique attempt. You would also have a list of thousands of usernames so quite a bit of time would pass between attempts.
When I started working at this software company, you set up a password and kept it forever. Then, management levels increased, and a policy was established that passwords had to be changed every 90 days. So I used my old password and added a single digit number at the end which I changed every 90 days from 1 to 9, and then back again from 1 to 9. Then, more management levels were added (that’s how it works, pal!), a new policy, and a program was installed to disallow passwords that had been ever used in the past. What to do? I used my old password then added a number from 1 to 9 somewhere in the middle, and then after 9 iterations 1 to 9 somewhere else in the middle.
Yeah, I did. Here it is! Now what?
My last password, no longer used, was SrH4PrZnOne2, but since she bowed out, I chose another one. Besides, that used to be hard but nowadays it can still be cracked.
Anyone who can guess the password I am using now is going to have to use a computer and spend a lot of time working at it. It’s tough enough that even though I can remember it easily, I still have trouble entering it error free.
Three separate memory clues, special characters, numerals and a reference to a favorite science fiction novel from my childhood days — long out of print.
I'll bet thousands of 'Palin2012' passwords have been changed lately, many of them right here. My 'FredKarger2012' is still good, though. No chance of anyone guessing that one.
I have a lot of old phone numbers and addresses that for some reason still encoded in my brain. For example, my grandmother’s phone # (she died in 1977). They used words for prefixes back then - for example an old friend’s phone number was GEneva34278. I figure as long as I have that now useless info stored in my mind, I may as well put it to good use.
Another good way to get a password is to type the first letter of each word of a song or poem you know. For example, the first two lines of Dover Beach becomes,
Unfortunately, this doesn’t work if you need numbers in your password. I guess if you knew what year a song was done, you could add that.
I would think the A-circumflex would make a password pretty secure. Maybe you shouldn’t use it both fore and aft, though.
Thank God they haven’t screwed up “Open Sesame” either ;-)
A different one for every site you visit? Plus you change it every 30 days, too?
Another bad one would be;
Z4QQQ and the Batman symbol.
Are you really amazed?
don’t call that number !!
trust me on this.
Here’s the password I use for everything. It’s a pain in the ass to remember, though:
Would not work on my network, way too easy, no special characters.
I am suprised you have not been hacked.
I have the password to my wifi network set as a 128 digit hexadecimal number - no one’s getting on for free.
So then people went from having passwords that they remembered, to writing down their new alphanumeric passwords on a piece of paper they keep under their keyboards. Great increase in security.
I hated that new password every 90 days with no repeats.
Had to log-in/out at least two dozen times a day so I used key combos that were minimal movements that I could fly through, catch a number on the top row and finish with another letter.
Pain the arse but the speed was the most helpful thing.
Now that you’ve disclosed that pattern, the goobers will add that to their “reject variants of prior passwords” algorithm.
123 456, remind me to change the combination to my briefcase!