How Does Your Password Measure Up?

laptop_headerSplashData is out with its annual list of the millions of stolen passwords made public throughout the year listed in order of popularity. The list is a clear confirmation that most of us still are still using bad passwords.

Choices like “123456”, “password”, “12345”, “12345678” and “qwerty” are easy for would-be hackers to guess and, in case you had any doubt, make really bad passwords.

Here’s the complete latest list. If you use one or more of these, accept this as an official hand slap and go change your passwords. Now.

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345
  4. 12345678
  5. qwerty
  6. 123456789
  7. 1234
  8. baseball
  9. dragon
  10. football
  11. 1234567
  12. monkey
  13. letmein
  14. abc123
  15. 111111
  16. mustang
  17. access
  18. shadow
  19. master
  20. michael
  21. superman
  22. 696969
  23. 123123
  24. batman
  25. trustno1

Keep these tips in mind when creating a good password:

  • Use at least eight characters
  • Do not include your user name, real name, or company name
  • Do not use a complete word
  • Make it significantly different from previous passwords
  • Use a mixture of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols

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