Passwords you should never, ever use

Why?  Because they're idiot easy to break, and they're at least partly responsible for the fallout all over the rest of the Web from the Gawker break-in and account info leak a few weeks ago.

Source: The top 50 passwords you should never use - Graham Cluley, Naked Security, Sophos Labs, 2010-12-15.

I took the liberty of adding some commentary on certain passwords.

Truthfully, these are passwords that shouldn't have been used even before the Gawker break-in, let alone after.

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. lifehack
    1. Believe it or not, this was a password used on Life Hack, one of the Gawker sites compromised.  Hang your head in shame.
  5. qwerty
  6. abc123
  7. 111111
  8. monkey
  9. consumer
  10. 12345
    1. The Spaceballs luggage combination wasn't #1 but was in the top 10??  Color me shocked!
  11. 0
  12. letmein
    1. Oh, the attacker got let in, all right.
  13. trustno1
  14. dragon
  15. 1234567
  16. baseball
  17. superman
  18. iloveyou
  19. gizmodo
  20. sunshine
  21. 1234
    1. There we have every combination of serial numbers 4-7.  Pure genius.
  22. princess
  23. starwars
  24. whatever
  25. shadow
  26. cheese
  27. 123123
  28. nintendo
  29. football
  30. computer
  31. fuckyou
    1. You'd be surprised at the number of people who choose profane passwords.  They're certainly surprised when IT cracks them and it shows up in the list of weak passwords given to their bosses.  They're also surprised when they have to update their resumes after such an embarrassing disclosure.
    2. Profanity does not add to password complexity at all.  Yet another reason not to use it.
  32. 654321
  33. blahblah
  34. passw0rd
    1. This trick is not clever.  It's old hat now, and the technique is as easily broken as pure dictionary words.
  35. master
  36. soccer
  37. michael
  38. 666666
  39. jennifer
  40. gawker
  41. Password
    1. Capitalization used to help, but computers and network connections are fast enough now that it's as weak as all-lowercase dictionary words, for all intents and purposes.
  42. jordan
  43. pokemon
    1. Hackers catch 'em all~
  44. michelle
  45. killer
  46. pepper
  47. welcome
    1. Those who broke in certainly were.
  48. batman
  49. kotaku
  50. internet

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