Passwords You Shouldn’t Use

What’s the Password?

Passwords are perhaps the most critical and highly-guarded letter combinations that we have. And in terms of being online, passwords are as ubiquitous as the “www” characters. Whether your password is in the form of a readable text or not, or whether it contains numbers and special characters, there’s no denying that these combinations are really extremely necessary when you want to access your virtual self.

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Just to stress a little how important passwords are, you can never log-in to any of your accounts if you fail to encode the right combination of letters or numbers. Sad to say, most of us do forget our passwords (maybe because we have too many online accounts that we lose track). Good thing there are password retrieval options. However, forgetting your password isn’t the only terrible thing that can happen to you online – the danger of password theft is just lurking around the corner.

Asses your password

To avoid getting your accounts broken, do make sure that you give hackers a life-size challenge in cracking your code. Assessing your password is one good step to online security. Do ask yourself: Is my password hard to steal? Or is it as easy as “open sesame?” Some sites do give you an automatic assessment whether your pass is strong or weak – take advantage of this feature.

List of Passwords You Should Alter ASAP

I’ve stumbled upon a post in Everything in Budget about passwords that should be changed. According to the source, SplashData has recently produced a ranked list of passwords which are often stolen or hacked. If you care enough for your online security, having a glance below wouldn’t hurt. If you do spot your password – go change it faster that you can say “HACKERS.”

  • password
  • 123456
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • abc123
  • monkey
  • 1234567
  • letmein
  • trustno1
  • dragon
  • baseball
  • 111111
  • iloveyou
  • master
  • sunshine
  • ashley
  • bailey
  • passw0rd
  • shadow
  • 123123
  • 654321
  • superman
  • qazwsx
  • michael
  • football

To read more about this, visit  http://everythinginbudget.blogspot.com/2011/11/list-of-passwords-that-should-be.html#ixzz1eG6KnXMR.

Helpful Password Tips

  • Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters for your password. If you do use words, be sure that it’s unique and do combine numbers with it.
  • A password having eight characters or more gives stronger protection.
  • You may form a unique phrase – just separate the words with an underscore _
  • Do not use the same password for all or most of your accounts.
  • Do not share your password to anyone – not even your significant other (trust me).
  • For forgetful persons, do write your passwords in a piece of paper or notebook and stash these items in a safe place. You may also make use of a secure online password manager.
  • If you are on a shared computer, don’t forget to log-out always.
  • Don’t use your birthday as your password.
Password theft is rampant online. Unless you want to be a virus-carrier or a false spammer, do manage your passwords wisely.

P.S. I know someone who used 123456 before, good thing he changed it already. =)

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2 comments

  1. Reminds me of an episode in Big Bang Theory! One of the characters told his friend that “1234 is not a secure password!” 😀

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