The Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2011
Internet security has always been a concern, and passwords have always been our first line of defense in protecting our personal information. That's not to say a hacker still won't try to attack you, but an airtight password will definitely deter them. So if passwords are so important, why are people still using painfully obvious passwords like "123456" or "password?"
That being said, PC Magazine recently released their list of the 25 worst passwords of 2011. If any of your passwords show up on here, you might want to think about getting a new one:
1. password (...really? People still use this?)
6. monkey (apparently, this one makes the list every year. I wasn't aware that many people liked monkeys...)
7. 1234567 (anyone else seeing a pattern here?)
18. passw0rd (it's not a typo, it's just replacing the "o" with a zero)
23. qazwsx (look at your keyboard, and this password will make more sense)
25. football (Funny...I thought this one would be much higher on the list than "baseball.")
As a general rule for passwords, you should avoid sequences, repeating numbers or characters, or words that you can find in the dictionary, something that all of these people clearly didn't get. You can check out my Geek Girl Report for more tips on how to create strong, secure passwords.