SplashData, provider of applications for secure password management releases an annual list of the 25 most common passwords. The purpose of the list is to increase the common users’ awareness of how important it is to have a strong password. The list also indicates the site password was on the previous year in parentheses, to show that many users unfortunately not changed their passwords. Here is the full list and how it compares to last year’s:
The 25 most common passwords
If your password is on this list, or a close variation of these passwords, it is really important that you do something about it now with a time!
Tips on safe passwords
The longer the stronger. Generally speaking, one can say that the longer the password, the harder it is for someone to try to crack the password. Instead of a single word mixed with symbols, numbers and characters, try a string of words. Use a line from your favorite poem, song, or just something memorable, and feel free to add some of your memorable speech / dates. Such as ‘eat_cake_at_8!’.
Suddenly, you have a 24-character long password, which is much harder to crack than something that is very difficult for you to remember, such as ‘hu!R7tRjX’.
Variety is the spice of life. The problem with the shorter but more complex passwords is that they can be quite cumbersome to remember. Therefore, it is also common to choose to use the same password for multiple accounts simultaneously. It is never a good idea. So another advantage of having long passwords that are easy to remember, is that it is easier to have multiple passwords.