The '25 Worst Passwords' Will Shock You

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keyboardPasswords. Maybe it's just me, but I find them fascinating. If I ever learn of someone's password, be it email, Wi-Fi connection, or otherwise, I feel like a small victory has been made. And if someone ever learns of mine, well, I feel totally violated and kind of stupid. Mostly because all of my passwords are stupid. My husband and I just recently had an incident where friends who were staying with us needed to know our Wi-Fi password -- embarrassing! We thought the password we came up with was cute and amusing, and, technically, it is (to us), but when I had to say it out loud? Worst ever.

But, I can at least say this: My passwords may be dumb, stupid, embarrassing, and a little inappropriate, but you'll never figure them out. Which is more than I can say for a lot of other folk. SplashData just released their annual "25 Worst Passwords" for 2011 list (I.E., the most common/easiest to figure out), and I've gotta say, I'm shocked at the insane obviousness of number one.

You can read all 25 passwords here, but please give me the satisfaction of sharing the top 10 with you. Here we go:

1. password
2. 123456
3.12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon

I really am shocked that people are still using the word "password" and the numerical sequence "123456" as passwords. Weren't those, like, the first passwords ever? I don't claim to be some tech whiz or anything, but I think my method for coming up with a password is quite effective: I just think of a random word. Whatever pops into my head first -- even if it's made up -- becomes my password. I remember my first ever password to log onto AOL or something was "metamorphi." Weird? Yes. Did anyone ever break into my account? Hell no they didn't.

Yeah, it's a little annoying to reprogram passwords -- you have to find the settings, etc. etc. -- but isn't it worth it? Not only so no one hacks into anything of yours, but so you don't wind up on this list?

What's your method for coming up with a password?

 

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nonmember avatar Ashley

I usually just do different combinations of family members first name, middle name and birthday. That way I never forget.

Senia... Seniahmom

I'm laughing at #24. Michael? Lol



I'd like to think my passwords are hacker proof but there's no guarantee. I used to work at a place that had us change our passwords every 6 months and each change would have a different requirement - certain number of letters and numbers or two words broken by series of numbers, etc. I adopted this for personal passwords. I change all my passwords at least once a year and do a similar theme with them so I don't forget them!

Zyva Zyva

I use numbers, and symbols, combined with caps. And you would be surprised how many people use the same password for all of their online things. I do cyber security and it's so tedious to explain to a client that no you should not use the same password for your email and your banking. 

Alison Carabajal

I just hit a keys randomly using symbols, letters and numbers. I have to write it down but then I throw it away after a couple of days.

tayanna2 tayanna2

I use leet and pass phrases. I always have at least 2 upper, 2 lower, 2 numbers, and 2 special characters. It really bugs me that some websites still won't allow special characters and sometimes even numbers. For those I use random made up words.

hutch... hutchfam2007

I work at a bank and we have to change our passwords every 6 weeks and each has to be unique never to be used again (not even similar words). They must include numbers, letters, capitals, and special characters. After a while you get good at coming up with new passwords. I typically come up with something related to the current weather since they change so often. Its funny though, I have never changed my email or e-banking password. woops :S I should know better! lol.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I use family names and years that I will never forget 

Kristina Lawler Funk

I used a random password generator. Got a nice mix of upper and lowercase letters, and numbers.

sarah... sarahtessa

OMG, I can't remember passwords longer than 6-8 characters and DH's is like 16 digits long. Most of my passwords are words that are comforting to me, like my favorite sandwich I ate with my grandma as a kid, or the kind of candy she carried in her purse, or the color of my favorite shirt; now I combine those words with capitalization, weird characters, and numbers. My email passwords are different from my social networking passwords, which are different from my banking passwords, and my online photo storage passwords, etc. I have certain "groups" though, so I will have the same "banking password" for my two bank accounts, and the same password for my Facebook and my Cafemom account. It's just easier that way. I change my passwords twice a year with the daylight saving time... makes it easier to remember.

Stacey. Stacey.

I use random letters and numbers, no actual words.

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