Have you ever wondered what is the worst password you can possibly choose? It’s “password”! “Password” ranks first on SplashData, the password management solution provider’s annual list of worst internet passwords based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. In the list, you’ll find that many passwords are sequential series of numbers and letters on the keyboard such as 123456 (ranked no.2) and qwerty (ranked no.4).
Some common names like “Ashley” and “Michael” and sports names such as “baseball” and “football” are also commonly used as easy-to-remember passwords. However what made me surprise was that “monkey” ranked no.6 on the list which is pretty hard to explain. Here’s the Top 40 most commonly hacked passwords you should never use. If you are using any password on the list, change it immediately to select a strong and secure password!
25 Worst Passwords of 2011 – Splashdata.com
More Commonly Hacked Passwords
Here are 5 useful tips for choosing and managing your passwords:-
- Your password should have at least eight characters
- Include numbers, letters and symbols in your passwords
- Never use your username as password
- Use different passwords for all websites
- Use online password manager to keep track of your passwords
Below is the infographic from Zonealarm.com showing you how to avoid the most common and dangerous passwords!