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The 25 worst passwords for 2011

 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:22 pm    Post subject: The 25 worst passwords for 2011 Reply with quote

The 25 worst passwords for 2011. Laughing

1. password
2. 123456
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought "opensesame" was pretty popular too... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blank (no password) is an option as well. It the first one I'd try.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, when I was in the process of getting my mortgage, I needed some financial info from my mother. She sends me all the info to find the bank on the web, and her account stuff, and then tells me her password is her birthday! Shocked

Isn't that near the top of the list for what you aren't supposed to use for a password?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like I better change my password. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
Looks like I better change my password. Laughing


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For convenience sake you can print off the list. That way when overly paranoid sites ask you to change your password and you can't use the same one again. You'll have plenty of others to choose from.

On a more serious note. Does anyone use an algorithm to create passwords?

Eg. My password for this site could be 123bandit. For Google my password would be goobandit, for Yahoo it would be yahbandit
You get the point.

You can make your algorithm as simple or as complex as you want. You never have to remember you passwords, you just need to remember the algorithm. This is a good way to create unique passwords.. For more secure sites ie. banking don't use your algorithm, just in case someone figured it out.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:

Isn't that near the top of the list for what you aren't supposed to use for a password?

I actually use a word spelled backwards and my birthday. I don't think your birthday alone is good for banking though.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to do something like Bandit, but I now use 1Password and let it pick my passwords.

1Password will create complex passwords which you can control aspects of such as the length of the password, the characters used, their makeup etc they usually end up along the lines of xWp9MtmWMXE2pFNK or if you want to have half a chance of remembering it you can select to have it pronounceable where they end up more like shej-nic-vi-wyb-



You only need to remember your 1password master password, once 1Password is open your new generated password is then saved along with the URL of the site. When you next visit that site and need to log in all you have to do is right click in the login box, select 1Password in the menu and your login for that site should then be listed. Click on that and it types in all your login details for you, including Username Password etc. It makes life on the internet much more secure.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use foreign language passwords. German words are sometimes lengthy and are particularly effective if they have an umlaut. It is unlikely that anyone would be able to guess that an English only speaker would use something that obscure. I have done it that way so long that it has become second nature. It would be extremely effective to those of you that are bilingual to chose a third language that is not one you speak for a password.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your German password is Damfschiffkapitänsuniformknöpfe. Laughing
(steamship captain's uniform buttons)

fuentecigar wrote:
I use foreign language passwords. German words are sometimes lengthy and are particularly effective if they have an umlaut. It is unlikely that anyone would be able to guess that an English only speaker would use something that obscure. I have done it that way so long that it has become second nature. It would be extremely effective to those of you that are bilingual to chose a third language that is not one you speak for a password.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love has always been an extremely popular one, as well. I remember that even being the password they talked about on the movie "Hackers".
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think "incorrect" is also popular... it gives people hint whenever they see:
password incorrect
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