Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Does your word pass?

Here are the 10 most-used passwords of 2011, which means they are an open invitation to hackers.
• password
• 123456
• 12345678
• qwerty
• abc123
• monkey
• 1234567
• letmein
• trustno1
• dragon
If your New Year resolutions include tackling your password problems, remember to avoid any simple numerical sequences, common names, and any word in the dictionary.

Also use a different password for online financial transactions than for shopping and entertainment sites.

For passwords that are strong but memorable, create a nonsense phrase with words separated by numbers or characters, such as "10dogsRchopping" or "3cats8cake4vitamins".

You may also consider using a password manager application that generates, organizes and protects passwords.

Be careful out there.

1 comment:

  1. Monkey? I can see where the other ones come from but the word monkey doesn't swing into my mind too often, Doug.

    Anyway thanks for the tips. I've not been very creative about passwords or diligent about changing them.