Published on December 12th, 2011 | by Brendan Hill25
Good Password = Good Idea
This time of year, with all the online shopping, shipping, and marketing to be done, you might find yourself signing up for many different web-based products and services (like VerticalResponse maybe?). While it’s tempting to rush through these signup processes to place your order faster or start using the product quicker, you want to use a strong password (or passwords) to keep your information secure.
SplashData compiled their list “from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers” and stated that “Hackers can easily break into many accounts just by repeatedly trying common passwords…“. So when they say “worst,” they basically mean the most common, and therefore the most easily stolen.
Here’s the list:
I’m a little disappointed not to see “opensesame” on this list. Wait, I’ve said too much…
Anyway, SplashData also provided some helpful dos and don’ts for creating stronger, more secure passwords:
- Do: make your passwords at least eight characters
- Do: use a variety of letters (capital and lowercase), numbers, or special characters (#, $, *, etc…) when possible.
- Don’t: use the same username/password combination on multiple sites. Microsoft agrees.
If you feel like you won’t be able to remember lots of different logins, you can either write them down somewhere safe, or use an online password manager to help you keep track.Hopefully this post is just a friendly refresher course on password security. But, if your password does happen to be “password,” go ahead and change it; we won’t tell anybody.
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