25 "Worst Passwords" Of 2011 Revealed

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    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. passw0rd
    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:
    1) It should contain at least eight characters
    2) It should contain a mix of four different types of characters - upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters such as [email protected]#$%^&*,;" If there is only one letter or special character, it should not be either the first or last character in the password.
    3) 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.

    Source: http://my.news.yahoo.com/25-worst-passwords-2011-revealed-202955980.html
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    Thanxx for the tip :), yeah im aware of brute force and dictionary methods etc, people should make use of both words, numeric, and special characters when creating a password, another small tip could be add a date at the end of password which is important to you and you would not forget (anything except your birthdate)
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    yeah thanks.

    use lots of !!!!!!! and^^^^^^^^ & you will get a strong password.
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    Just wanna add some thing to the thread..

    You see when u make passwords, you are not supposed to have letters continuously, instead of it, you are supposed to mix it with numbers and characters

    Both of my e mail accounts were hacked by some one (I dont wanna say who ) few months back (Last year)

    And when we traced the hacking procedure we came to know that the hacker has used an "encryption positive" software. I mean this software hacks us without our knowledge & then provides the hacker with a code. The hacker, then have to encrypt the code manually or automated systems..

    So when you make password, mix it with characters as much as u can, so that the hacker will find it hard to encrypt
    !!
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    assaaam alaikum

    mashaAllah,this is very useful....jazakAllah khair
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    Since computers are becoming faster and powerful, newer computers can quickly predict passwords which are 5-6 characters long. For next few years, passwords should be an easy to recollect combination of characters and numbers that is atleast 10 letters long... The more important the account, stronger password it should be.

    Yips to choose a secure password

    And here is a 500 list

    Hope this helps.
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    Wa alaikum salaam,

    I use the same password for all my emails and logins and the same four-digit number for bank cards.hmm after reading this....I should proably add change passowrds to my to do list tomorrow.
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    Although my passwords are super secured but even then I have been electronically robbed. From pennies to thousands of dollars. But alhamdolillah I was able to trace them back and got the money.




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