Is your password rubbish? Find out here

18 November 2011

passwordThere's been a few high profile hacks of late which has made some a bit jumpy. How about you? Did you change all your passwords? Like hell you did. You're as lazy as the rest of us.

Some of you are lazier and stupider than the rest. Not only have you not changed your password, but you've kept that one that is insultingly easy to guess.

Which are? Well, password management app maker SplashData (nope, us neither) has revealed this year’s worst passwords, with ‘password’ and ‘123456’ taking the top two slots.

If you have either of them, you really deserve every bit of malware you get.

So what are the other passwords which are really easy for hackers to guess? Well, let us look at them shall we and some of you can start worrying while the rest of us hum the chart rundown music!

WORST PASSWORDS OF 2011!

1. password 2. 123456 3. 12345678 4. Qwerty 5. abc123 6. Monkey 7. 1234567 8. Letmein 9. trustno1 10. Dragon 11. Baseball 12. 111111 13. Iloveyou 14. Master 15. Sunshine 16. Ashley 17. Bailey 18. passw0rd 19. Shadow 20. 123123 21. 654321 22. Superman 23. Qazwsx 24. Michael 25. football

Even though No.1 and No.18 seem awfully similar, these were stolen from the documents retrieved from the PS3 hack, so there you have it. Straight from the hackers' mouth, as t'were.

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy

13 comments

  • JonB
    There was I hoping for a link to a password security reporting site. Here's one if anyone else feels disappointed: http: // howsecureismypassword . net /
  • JonB
    There was I hoping for a link to a password security reporting site. Here's one if anyone else feels disappointed: http : // howsecureismypassword . net /
  • Tweedskin
    Number 18 is "passw0rd" (with a zero for the "0") whereas Number 1 is password spelt normally. Change your fonts, BW
  • Inspector G.
    Nice site there JonB. Just enter your password and then click 'Follow us on Facebook' and they have a list of Facebook accounts and passwords.
  • Tim
    Indeed, I don't trust password checking sites. You could have a password that takes millions of years of processing power to crack, but stick it in a site like that and it's potentially crackable in a nano second with a distributed dictionary.
  • brilly
    how secure is your password? {enter password here} *yoink* not very
  • Michael
    Michael, really?
  • Yue
    I thought Banana was supposed to be one of the obvious passwords.
  • Another A.
    Relevant and rang true to me: http://xkcd.com/936/
  • Alexis
    The alternative is forgetting it and having to write it on a piece of paper / keeping an email in your inbox which says the password. Any password is relatively weak. The only safe thing is to probably have 50 bank style keypads - one for each website- littering your desk.
  • DezMund
    I use pA55W0rD1 for all my banking stuff, it's a pretty safe password to use as my login ID is 9875643 so nobody would ever be able to remember it.
  • Mike H.
    My password is '1maCuntSp1tt3r' try and guess that one PS3 geeks!
  • Grinner
    regarding http: // howsecureismypassword . net / save the site and run it locally if you don't trust it, it's client side javascript. alternatively, you could just remain ignorant and say dumb stuff like "Just enter your password and then click ‘Follow us on Facebook’ and they have a list of Facebook accounts and passwords."

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