The most common passwords used on the internet indicate that many users still don't understand the basics of online security.
SplashData, a Los Gatos, Californina security-app producer, compiled a list of the top 25 worst combinations in an effort to show people the dangers of passwords that can be easily guessed.
According to SplashData, the word "password" came in second where it had been coming in first in previous years. What used to be second rose to the top spot: "123456"
See the list below for other combinations that are extremely bad to use. Hopefully, your password is not on the list. If so, change it immediately.
Some people use passwords to represent the program they are using such as "photoshop" and "adobe123" which made the list. Even though you like the program you are using, do not use the program's name as your password.
SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a press release:
"Another interesting aspect of this year's list is that more short numerical passwords showed up even though websites are starting to enforce stronger password policies."
While passwords are never completely off limits to hackers, there are ways to choose better passwords.
Here are some suggestions:
- Choose passwords with long combinations of letters and numbers with random punctuation.
- Do not use common phrases, words, or short strings of digits. They are extremely vulnerable.
- Do not use the same password for every site. Try to create a different one.
- Hackers can figure out your password by knowing something about you. For example, if you are a dancer, doctor, teacher, writer, etc.
- Hackers can also figure out your password if you use a birthday.
- While you are making a password easy for you to remember, that just might be the one that's also easy for hackers to figure out.
- Put some thought into the password you use for more security.
- Be one step ahead of hackers by changing your password often.
List of the worst passwords of 2013: