SplashData revealed yesterday its top ’25 Worst Passwords of the Year’ for 2011. Including simple popular passwords such as “password” or “123456” it’s pretty clear as to why these passwords are the worst when it comes to Internet security. Suggesting individuals as well as companies that use those passwords to change them immediately, SplashData explains that a higher security password will prevent malicious email and software hacks.
The list of the most common passwords on the Internet include:
As you can see most are simple numbers or words. SplashData compiled its list from millions of stolen passwords that have been already posted by hackers online.
"Hackers," said SplashData CEO Morgan Slain, "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," Slain said. "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."
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Suggestions for more secure passwords for those that see their current password on the list include using eight characters or more when composing a new password. Additionally, changing up your username and password from site to site instead of using the same login information for multiple sites will help secure your data.
"It's easy to start making your passwords better," Slain said. "Start now; make it a resolution to keep it up and your whole life online will be safer and more secure in 2012."