SplashData has released a list of the top 25 common passwords. Being so common among users this makes them vulnerable to brute force attacks by hackers. Hence the top 25 most common passwords is also the top 25 worst passwords to have.
If your password is listed below, change it NOW.
The list has been compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during 2014. According to SplashDash; the passwords evaluated were mostly held by users in north America and western Europe.
“Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData. “Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences. As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure.”
For example, users should avoid a sequence on your keyboard such as “qwertyuiop,” which is the top row of letters on a standard keyboard.
“1qaz2wsx” is also a bad idea, just look at your keyboard to figure out why.
So here are our top tips for a secure password.
Keep it secret.
Don’t share your password with anyone.
Don’t post it in plain sight.
Don’t write a password in an email (that may be forwarded to someone accidently)
Don’t use just one password
If your only password was to get compromised, it would leave everything you used it for also compromised.
And if one site you use it for was to get hacked, your other accounts would be vulnerable.
Don’t “Keep it Simple Stupid”
Keep your password at least 8 characters long, use numbers, capital letters and symbols. If you have trouble remembering, use a phrase. For example. Mf$1avng (short for “My friend Sam is a very nice guy) is an excellent password.
Keep your computer secure
The best password won’t protect against Malware such as Key loggers that record everything you write. Keep your antivirus up to date, don’t click on links or open file from people you don’t know.