Come on People. Create secure pA$$w0rds!

Come on People. Create secure pA$$w0rds! Picture

Yesterday, I wrote about malware and how you can diagnose it and prevent it. The first line of defense against any scheme to gain access to your personal information (email, server, Facebook, Twitter account, etc.) is a secure password. I even gave you a link to an amazing piece of software which can make managing your secure passwords a lot more manageable.

If you’re not creating secure passwords at this point, let’s just chalk it up to laziness.

Lazy Man's Wax - Flickr

Why is a young Kevin Spacey selling car wax?

Then, today I read an article detailing the 25 most popular passwords of 2014. Compiled by SplashData, the list pulls from the millions of stolen passwords made public throughout the year. “According to SplashData, the passwords evaluated for the 2014 list were mostly held by users in North America and Western Europe.”

The list is pretty embarrassing. As you could probably guess, 123456 and password are #1 and #2 on the list. Hopefully, you wont find any of your passwords on the list.

  • 12345 (Up 17)
  • 12345678 (Down 1)
  • qwerty (Down 1)
  • 123456789 (Unchanged)
  • 1234 (Up 9)
  • baseball (New)
  • dragon (New)
  • football (New)
  • 1234567 (Down 4)
  • monkey (Up 5)
  • letmein (Up 1)
  • abc123 (Down 9)
  • 111111 (Down 8)
  • mustang (New)
  • access (New)
  • shadow (Unchanged)
  • master (New)
  • michael (New)
  • superman (New)
  • 696969 (New)
  • 123123 (Down 12)
  • batman (New)
  • trustno1 (Down 1)

My favorites are letmein and trustno1.

Now that we’ve had a good laugh, let’s go change our passwords.

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