Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017’s Worst Passwords


2017’s Worst Passwords
We have written numerous articles, like this one, on why using strong passwords is so important. Unfortunately, apparently many people don’t take us (and many others) seriously. The top 3 passwords for 2017 and the same top three passwords for 2015 and 2016 also.

123456
Password
12345678

Really? None of you are using those passwords, are you? We hope that none of you are using any of the passwords in this list of the top 25 worst passwords for 2017. Or even anything similar. We suggest you use a password of at least 12 characters consisting of at least one uppercase letter, lowercase letters, symbols (like $ % *) and at least one number.  There are many online password generators, but the trouble is, you can generate all the strong passwords you want, but you won’t use them unless you can remember them.

We have long recommended LastPass because it can generate strong, uncrackable passwords like 8HNPWse*SGp8 and remember your passwords and enter them automatically whenever you need to log in to a site for which you generated a password.

But many of you resist using a password manager, and you’ll never use one. For those of you who don’t want to use a password manager here’s a way to make strong passwords you can remember:

3y3W@ntc@ndy$fr33

Just think “I want candy free”. And according to My1Login it would take 5 years for a hacker using password cracking software to crack this password.

MyC@t$n@meizBarn3y2

“My cats name is Barney too.”  According to My1Login, it would take 16 centuries for someone to crack this password.

Want to test your passwords? You can check them at:

My1Login

or

LastPass Password Checker

A new year is only a few days away. Now is a good time to make sure your passwords are strong and you don’t use the same password for any sites that deal with personal information such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, credit or debit card number, home address, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, or any site dealing with money – including online shopping sites.

Now, here’s the list of the top 25 worst passwords for 2017 from Time magazine:

123456

Password

12345678

qwerty

12345

123456789

letmein

1234567

football

iloveyou

admin

welcome

monkey

login

abc123

starwars

123123

dragon

passw0rd

maste

hello

freedom

whatever

qazwsx

trustno1

Taken from this website:
http://www.thundercloud.net/infoave/new/2017s-worst-passwords/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thundercloud%2FIapJ+%28Cloudeight+InfoAve+Computer+Tips+%29

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