Passwords. 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:
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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