Thursday, April 29, 2010

The 10 Most Common Passwords

In 2007, revealed the 10 most common passwords in use on the internet:
• password
• 123456
• qwerty
• abc123
• letmein
• monkey
• myspace1
• password1
• link182
• (your first name)

Three years later, The New York Times has published a new, updated list and, sad to say, there’s been little improvement. Here is the latest “top ten” list of most commonly used passwords:

• 123456
• 12345
• 123456789
• password
• iloveyou
• princess
• rockyou
• 1234567
• 12345678
• abc123

While there’s always a trade-off between convenience and security, with so much of our lives and data on the web, I would think the wisest course is to protect your privacy with a password a little more difficult to guess than “123456” or “password.”

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Blogger Frank O said...

I agree with you, Ken, too few people give enough thought to the passwords that protect their jobs, their assets, often their reputations. And it really isn't that hard to think of combinations of letters and numbers you will never forget -- and no stranger would ever guess.

Friday, April 30, 2010 10:56:00 AM  

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