10 Worst Passwords of 2011: How to Protect Our System?
Well, choosing the word ‘password’ as your online password is like telling hackers not to try for any password as the word has topped the list of worst online passwords.
The list of worst passwords on internet revealed by Splash Data is somewhat predictable as we have passwords created with adjacent numbers or letters on keyboards like ‘qwerty’ and ‘123456’ and same is the case with the common names like Ashley and Michael whereas other choices like monkey and shadow are harder to explain and crack but they too are not a smart choice.
Many websites now require you enter alphanumeric passwords and choosing ‘abc123’ and ‘trustno1’ is nothing but a simple choice to ask for trouble.
Have a look at the top ten worst password choices;
SplashData CEO Morgan Slain has urged people to change it immediately if they have chosen any of the above mentioned passwords.
“Hackers can easily break into many accounts just by repeatedly trying common passwords,” Slain says. “Even though people are encouraged to select secure, strong passwords, many people continue to choose weak, easy-to-guess ones, placing themselves at risk from fraud and identity theft.”
The company provided some tips for choosing secure passwords in a statement:
- 1. Vary different types of characters in your passwords; include numbers, letters and special characters when possible.
- 2. Choose passwords of eight characters or more. Separate short words with spaces or underscores.
- 3. Don’t use the same password and username combination for multiple websites. Use an online password manager to keep track of your different accounts.
Be ware the pirates of the Cyberian world are smarter than captain Cook of the Pirates of the Caribbean.