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  • 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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