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article imageInternet security firm SplashData lists 25 most-hacked passwords

By Andrew Moran     Nov 22, 2011 in Internet
Los Gatos - Is your password "password?" Well, SplashData, an Internet security firm, has published its Worst Passwords of the Year. According to the list, general terms such as "password," your name or a series of numbers are commonly used.
In the film Wrongfully Accused, Leslie Nielsen mocks the Mission Impossible movie by hanging from the ceiling using computer wires. When he gets to the floor, he attempts to hack a computer and types “login” in the login space and “password” in the password window.
Technology experts often urge surfers of the web to use complex passwords and/or frequently change your password. According to a recent survey, 63 percent of Internet users do not change their passwords very often – the study also showed that 10 percent of respondents use their pet’s name as a password.
A new study from SplashData, an Internet security company, shows the top-25 hacked passwords.
After sifting through millions of stolen passwords that were published in various online hacker websites, SplashData compiled a list of the most-hacked passwords and created the Worst Passwords of the Year – And How to Fix Them.
What are some of the most common passwords? The company suggests that many people are attempting to be clever by using “password” for their password. Some go as far as replacing the o with a zero to spell “passw0rd.”
Other passwords involve standard series of numbers, such as “123456,” “111111,” “123123” and “654321.” There are many letter and number combinations: “abc123” and “trustno1.”
The data shows that some people use common names, including “ashley” and “michael.” Even general terms like “monkey,” “football” and “superman” are used.
“Hackers can easily break into many accounts just by repeatedly trying common passwords. 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,” said Morgan Slain, SplashData CEO.
“What you don't want is a password that is easily guessable. If you have a password that is short or common or a word in the dictionary, it's like leaving your door open for identity thieves.”
SplashData has posted some ideas to protect your password.
- SplashData suggests using passwords with at least eight characters that consist of a mixture of characters. Example: use longer secure passwords with spaces or other characters. For example, “going_for_a_walk?” or “dinner is at 5!”
- Do not use the same password and user name for multiple websites.
- Insert different passwords for each new website you sign up for.
- Organize your passwords on available applications.
The top-25 hacked passwords are posted below:
-password
-123456
-12345678
-qwerty
-abc123
-monkey
-1234567
-letmein
-trustno1
-dragon
-baseball
-111111
-iloveyou
-master
-sunshine
-ashley
-bailey
-passw0rd
-shadow
-123123
-654321
-superman
-qazwsx
-michael
-football
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