Bad passwords?

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I came across this list on the news this week –  apparently these are the 25 worst passwords in use. Some of them I can understand as to why they are poor in terms of safety, but for some of them I can’t really see why they are any less secure than any other;
For example – Monkey, not sure I would guess that one easily, and michael? How is that supposed to be easy to guess!
This just goes to show that if you are trying to put together a ‘top 25’ list it makes sense to pick a topic that can provide at least 25 stupid passwords!
In reality this should be a top 10 or at best a top 15!
  • 1. password
  • 2. 123456            
  • 3.12345678
  • 4. qwerty
  • 5. abc123 – so this first 5 are pretty stupid!
  • 6. monkey – but this one? why would anyone think “I know it’s monkey”
  • 7. 1234567
  • 8. letmein
  • 9. trustno1
  • 10. dragon – errr…. not too obvious unless you are a bit sad?
  • 11. baseball – only in America?
  • 12. 111111
  • 13. iloveyou
  • 14. master
  • 15. sunshine  – no, I just don’t get this one either!
  • 16. ashley – or this one
  • 17. bailey – who the hell is bailey?
  • 18. passw0rd – does thinking this is clever make me sad?
  • 19. shadow – didn’t see that one coming……
  • 20. 123123
  • 21. 654321 – sneaky doing it backwards!
  • 22. superman
  • 23. qazwsx – now who would have thought of that….
  • 24. michael – that common a name? I thought not.
  • 25. football – for all you footy fans out there

So in reality half of this ‘re-searched’ list has come from a small group of slightly sad people who like dragons and perhaps included Ashley, Bailey and Michael.

So yes, don’t use an obvious password (the first 5 are good examples), but no one is really going to guess your brother’s name or your first hamsters name (unless it’s ashley of course!)

I use a password manager on my computer and iPhone, I have used the same one for years – ewallet – it is fabulous and I have a huge and safe database of information, and all I need to remember is one password to get into it – simple. I really cannot recommend something like this enough. It makes life so much less stressful!


2 thoughts on “Bad passwords?

    Ken Morse, Ilium Software said:
    November 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for the kind words about eWallet, Simon!

      Simon Dare responded:
      November 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      No problem – still the best available!

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