[intro]Here it is, the list of the worst passwords of 2013 is out. Security Software company Splashdata, who make password management applications, complies the list every year, hoping to encourage users to create stronger, more original passwords.[/intro]
The list of passwords is compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords which have been posted online, proving password security is more important than ever.
For the first time “password” has lost its title at the top of the offenders list and has been beaten to the post by last year’s second place “123456”.
This year’s list contains some recurring offenders such as ‘admin’, ‘abc123’ and ‘qwerty’ along with some new entries like ‘1234’ a shortened play on this year’s number two entry, with the top three having not changed since last year.
The list of frequently used passwords shows how internet users continue to put themselves at risk using weak, easily guessable passwords.
Passwords provide the first line of defence to unauthorised access to your computer, files and personal data. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software.
Here’s the full awards list for the “Worst Passwords of 2013”
Avoid these common passwords and if you do see any of your passwords on this list, shame on you, go change them now!
Reset your password using eight characters or more with mixed types of uppercase/lowercase characters, numbers, symbols and use of spaces to make your password more secure and difficult to hack.
Create a strong password and help yourself remember it by using these tips;
Create an acronym form an easy to remember/meaningful piece of information. For example, my son’s birthday is 18th July 2005. Use your phrase as a guide, msbi18/07.05
Substitute numbers for symbols, Mi$un_Brthd8iz_180705
Relate your password to a hobby or sport, I love to play football, ILV2playf()()tbll
Complex passwords are safer; CompleXpa$$wordsRsaf3r
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