People Still Don't Know What Makes a Good Password

What are you people doing? No, not you, of course not you, but you, the other people. How many times has it been hammered into your skull that you need good, complex passwords to keep people out of your accounts? I know for a fact that I’ve mentioned it several times on this site, as early as mid-2011 (though likely earlier) and then just this past year when Heartbleed was a problem. It’s not complicated stuff.

Yet here we are in 2015, looking back at the top passwords of 2014, and “123456” and “password” are once again at the top of the list. If you use one of those two “passwords,” you have no right to complain or even act surprised when someone gets into your account and roots around in your personal information. Here’s the full list of 2014’s most widely used passwords and their ranking changes, as compiled by SplashData:

  • 1. 123456 (Unchanged)
  • 2. password (Unchanged)
  • 3. 12345 (Up 17)
  • 4. 12345678 (Down 1)
  • 5. qwerty (Down 1)
  • 6. 123456789 (Unchanged)
  • 7. 1234 (Up 9)
  • 8. baseball (New)
  • 9. dragon (New)
  • 10. football (New)
  • 11. 1234567 (Down 4)
  • 12. monkey (Up 5)
  • 13. letmein (Up 1)
  • 14. abc123 (Down 9)
  • 15. 111111 (Down 8)
  • 16.mustang (New)
  • 17. access (New)
  • 18. shadow (Unchanged)
  • 19. master (New)
  • 20. michael (New)
  • 21. superman (New)
  • 22. 696969 (New)
  • 23. 123123 (Down 12)
  • 24. batman (New)
  • 25. trustno1 (Down 1)

As funny as it is to see Superman and Batman on the list, do I really need to remind you that the last son of Krypton and the Dark Knight don’t make for good passwords? Use something intensely personal that nobody else would know, or use the tried-and-true method of concocting an entire sentence and using the first letter from each word. Grab a notepad, make a list of all the sites you use, and just set aside an hour to set up different passwords for each site. In all likeliness your browser will log you in automatically wherever you go, so don’t worry about having to look up a password each and every time you go to a website. If you’re unwilling to even do that much, grab the Lastpass browser extension and have it generate and store passwords for you! Just do something that isn’t just numbers in numerical order or the word “password.”


viaGizmodo

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