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    Thread: 25 "Worst Passwords" of 2011 Revealed

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      Default 25 "Worst Passwords" of 2011 Revealed

      If you see your password below, STOP!

      Do not finish reading this post and immediately go change your password -- before you forget. You will probably make changes in several places since passwords tend to be reused for multiple accounts.

      Here are two lists, the first compiled by SplashData:

      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. passwOrd

      19. shadow

      20. 123123

      21. 654321

      22. superman

      23. qazwsx

      24. michael

      25. football

      Last year, Imperva looked at 32 million passwords stolen from RockYou, a hacked website, and released its own Top 10 "worst" list:

      1. 123456

      2. 12345

      3. 123456789

      4. Password

      5. iloveyou

      6. princess

      7. rockyou

      8. 1234567

      9. 12345678

      10. abc123

      If you've gotten this far and don't see any of your passwords, that's good news. But, note that complex passwords combining letters and numbers, such as passw0rd (with the "o" replaced by a zero) are starting to get onto the 2011 list. abc123 is a mixed password that showed up on both lists.

      Last year, Imperva provided a list of password best practices, created by NASA to help its users protect their rocket science, they include:

      It should contain at least eight characters

      It should contain a mix of four different types of characters - upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters such as !@#$%^&*,;" If there is only one letter or special character, it should not be either the first or last character in the password.

      It should not be a name, a slang word, or any word in the dictionary. It should not include any part of your name or your e-mail address.

      Following that advice, of course, means you'll create a password that will be impossible, unless you try a trick credited to security guru Bruce Schneir: Turn a sentence into a password.

      For example, "Now I lay me down to sleep" might become nilmDOWN2s, a 10-character password that won't be found in any dictionary.

      Can't remember that password? Schneir says it's OK to write it down and put it in your wallet, or better yet keep a hint in your wallet. Just don't also include a list of the sites and services that password works with. Try to use a different password on every service, but if you can't do that, at least develop a set of passwords that you use at different sites.

      Someday, we will use authentication schemes, perhaps biometrics, that don't require so much jumping through hoops to protect our data. But, in the meantime, passwords are all most of us have, so they ought to be strong enough to do the job.

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      Default Re: 25 "Worst Passwords" of 2011 Revealed

      i also want to add that if you are using the same password for more than one thing then you are also setting yourself up for failure as well. if they break one of your pw's and are tracking you online then they can get into your bank, and damn near anything else you do. do yourself a favor and dont be lazy. it is your money and your security

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      Default Re: 25 "Worst Passwords" of 2011 Revealed

      Great post!

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      Default Re: 25 "Worst Passwords" of 2011 Revealed

      Damn good post...thanx for the heads up

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      Default Re: 25 "Worst Passwords" of 2011 Revealed

      Nice read...another worst one is asdfjkl;

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