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25 Worst Internet Passwords
FOX News ^ | 11/20/11

Posted on 11/20/2011 5:02:59 PM PST by freespirited

If “password” is your password, chances are you’ve been the victim of a hack attack.

“Password” is the least successful, according to SplashData’s 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:

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. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

SplashData CEO Morgan Slain urges businesses and consumers using any password on the list to change them immediately.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


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1 posted on 11/20/2011 5:02:59 PM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Whew, Do Re Me is safe.


2 posted on 11/20/2011 5:05:15 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Never Again! Except for the next time.)
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To: freespirited

123456?

That’s the same combo I use for my luggage!


3 posted on 11/20/2011 5:05:32 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: freespirited

This is my password to sign on here:

5m1y7FoSAAUpXKgK3ZycG9yiycw6KuAgVDOYedv8soyXhJ91Jbk6QjutXNg5dXJSag9pxZvARcDxMZlH

- Scyth


4 posted on 11/20/2011 5:06:45 PM PST by Scythian
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To: freespirited

iamadumass does not show up on the list. Wonder why? Seems to fit


5 posted on 11/20/2011 5:06:45 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: freespirited

Jenny8675309 didn’t make the list?


6 posted on 11/20/2011 5:06:58 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Professional Engineer

Just don’t go with do re mi.


7 posted on 11/20/2011 5:07:04 PM PST by freespirited
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8 posted on 11/20/2011 5:07:17 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: VanDeKoik

LOL! Another Spaceballs fan.


9 posted on 11/20/2011 5:08:07 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: freespirited

The hilarious thing is that people who use those passwords probably forget them.


10 posted on 11/20/2011 5:08:12 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: freespirited

I’m glad that “soccer” and “rugby” aren’t on there.


11 posted on 11/20/2011 5:08:38 PM PST by 21twelve ("We can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust....and another lost generation.")
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To: 21twelve

At least easylay is ok! ;-)


12 posted on 11/20/2011 5:11:04 PM PST by almost done by half
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To: freespirited

qwerty’s bad? There is no such word in the dictionary! How about qwerty123 (my evil sister’s password)?


13 posted on 11/20/2011 5:12:05 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: freespirited
I thought all passwords with the same number of characters are the same

*****
*******
**********

I started using * ******

Keeps me protected

14 posted on 11/20/2011 5:13:33 PM PST by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: freespirited

Amazing how stupid people can be and why identity theft is taking off like wild fire!!!


15 posted on 11/20/2011 5:14:46 PM PST by Dengar01 (Dengar01 - "Heartless" since 1983!!!)
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To: freespirited

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.


16 posted on 11/20/2011 5:17:16 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Revolting cat!

Actually it is a college

QWERTY U


17 posted on 11/20/2011 5:17:54 PM PST by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: freespirited

Bosco!!!


18 posted on 11/20/2011 5:18:01 PM PST by Bush_Democrat (ATLAS SHRUGGED was supposed to be a warning, NOT a newspaper.)
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To: freespirited

Dang. I’m using them all. This could take some time...


19 posted on 11/20/2011 5:18:20 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: freespirited

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.


20 posted on 11/20/2011 5:18:29 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Dengar01
Amazing how stupid people can be and why identity theft is taking off like wild fire!!!

I know! Why Rush is always talking about it. He says we should lock our lives or something like that.

21 posted on 11/20/2011 5:18:57 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: Revolting cat!
qwerty’s bad? There is no such word in the dictionary

Look at the keyboard above your left hand.

Whew, 09876 is safe!

22 posted on 11/20/2011 5:19:00 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: freespirited

111111 made the list but 101010 didn’t? Why not?


23 posted on 11/20/2011 5:20:32 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Nowadays, they usually lock the accounts after 10 consecutive unsuccessful attempts.


24 posted on 11/20/2011 5:21:31 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: freespirited

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K95SXe3pZoY


25 posted on 11/20/2011 5:22:10 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: freespirited

I use my SoSecurity Number. No one will ever guess it!


26 posted on 11/20/2011 5:25:33 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Scythian
This is my password to sign on here: 5m1y7FoSAAUpXKgK3ZycG9yiycw6KuAgVDOYedv8soyXhJ91Jbk6QjutXNg5dXJSag9pxZvARcDxMZlH

I'd have to cut and paste that one... no way I could type that many letters without a typo.

27 posted on 11/20/2011 5:28:07 PM PST by TN4Liberty (My tagline disappeared so this is my new one.)
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To: proxy_user
Nowadays, they usually lock the accounts after 10 consecutive unsuccessful attempts

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.

28 posted on 11/20/2011 5:30:17 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: freespirited

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.


29 posted on 11/20/2011 5:30:51 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
“I use my SoSecurity Number. No one will ever guess it!”

GortKlaatuBaradaNikto

30 posted on 11/20/2011 5:32:42 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: bgill
Look at the keyboard above your left hand.

Yeah, I did. Here it is! Now what?


31 posted on 11/20/2011 5:34:51 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: proxy_user

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.


32 posted on 11/20/2011 5:35:57 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: Ronin
My last password, no longer used, was SrH4PrZnOne2, but since she bowed out

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.

33 posted on 11/20/2011 5:42:04 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: freespirited
Swordfish isn't on there???
34 posted on 11/20/2011 5:48:11 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: freespirited
I remember when I started my last job, the Novell netware required a minimum of 8 characters in the password. Their mainframe required 6-8 characters, no spaces. I used to come up with 8-letter words that I could use on both. I think I finally settled on Maryanne and Jennifer, who were the two girlfriends on "Perfect Strangers" (although that Maryanne might have spelled it differently or as two words). Oddly, around that time, the future sister-in-law was working part-time at a Rite-Aid, where two of her best friends were Maryann and Jennifer.
But I stuck with the Perfect Strangers story.
35 posted on 11/20/2011 5:54:12 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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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,

tsictttiftmlfutb

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.


36 posted on 11/20/2011 6:01:57 PM PST by Kipp
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To: freespirited

I would think the A-circumflex would make a password pretty secure. Maybe you shouldn’t use it both fore and aft, though.
ÂashleyÂ
ÂmichaelÂ
ÂmonkeyÂ
ÂshadowÂ
Âabc123Â
Âtrustno1Â


37 posted on 11/20/2011 6:03:48 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Professional Engineer

Thank God they haven’t screwed up “Open Sesame” either ;-)


38 posted on 11/20/2011 6:04:10 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Ronin

A different one for every site you visit? Plus you change it every 30 days, too?


39 posted on 11/20/2011 6:05:34 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: freespirited

Another bad one would be;

Z4QQQ and the Batman symbol.


40 posted on 11/20/2011 6:08:52 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Those who trade land for peace will end up with neither one.)
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To: Dengar01
Amazing how stupid people can be

Are you really amazed?

41 posted on 11/20/2011 6:14:51 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: MrEdd

don’t call that number !!

trust me on this.


42 posted on 11/20/2011 6:16:47 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: freespirited

Here’s the password I use for everything. It’s a pain in the ass to remember, though:

3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066470938446095505822317253594081284811174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109756659334461284756482337867831652712019091456485669234603486104543266482133936072602491412737245870066063155881748815209209628292540917153643678925903600113305305488204665213841469519415116094330572703657595919530921861173819326117931051185480744623799627495673518857527248912279381830119491298336733624406566430860213949463952247371907021798609437027705392171762931767523846748184676694051320005681271452635608277857713427577896091736371787214684409012249534301465495853710507922796892589235420199561121290219608640344181598136297747713099605187072113499999983797804995105973173281609631859502445945534690830264252230825334468503526193118817101000313783875288658753320838142061717766914730359825349042875546873115956286388235787593751957781857780532171226806613001927876611195909216420198938095257201065485863278865936153381827968230301952035301852968995773622599413891249721775283479131515574857242454150695950829533116861727855889075098381754637464939319255060400927701671139009848824012858361603563707660104710181942955596198946767837449448255379774726847104047534646208046684259069491293313677028989152104


43 posted on 11/20/2011 6:18:25 PM PST by GnL
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To: Scythian

Would not work on my network, way too easy, no special characters.

I am suprised you have not been hacked.

:-)

.


44 posted on 11/20/2011 6:21:05 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Scythian

I have the password to my wifi network set as a 128 digit hexadecimal number - no one’s getting on for free.


45 posted on 11/20/2011 6:23:41 PM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: VanDeKoik

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6iW-8xPw3k


46 posted on 11/20/2011 6:26:59 PM PST by philo
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To: Revolting cat!
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 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.

47 posted on 11/20/2011 6:27:16 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: Revolting cat!

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.


48 posted on 11/20/2011 6:30:24 PM PST by Rebelbase (Yes we Cain!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Now that you’ve disclosed that pattern, the goobers will add that to their “reject variants of prior passwords” algorithm.


49 posted on 11/20/2011 6:35:50 PM PST by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: freespirited

123 456, remind me to change the combination to my briefcase!


50 posted on 11/20/2011 6:37:47 PM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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