10 passwords to avoid

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Passwords, Security |

The Modern Life is Rubbish weblog lists the 10 most common passwords in the UK – a list that should serve as a good reminder of passwords you want to avoid.

As a bona fide Yank, I can tell that the list has a bit of a UK slant, but the general ideas behind these passwords are pretty universal. Of the top 10 passowrds, 3 of the are numerical/ordered keyboard inputs (‘123’, ‘123456’, and ‘qwerty’); 4 are popular names (first names or popular sports teams); and 2 are sort of password jokes/gimmes (‘letmein’ and ‘password’). Granted, I think most Lifehacker users know how to choose great passwords), but think of this as a little reminder. If you find that a password of yours fits into one of the three categories above, you might want to tighten up the screws on your password security.

+ Top 10 Most Common Passwords [Modern LIfe is Rubbish]

+ Google Cache of Top 10 Most Common Passwords [site has been down intermittently]

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