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The Worst Passwords of 2015

Post by Dean208 on Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:45 pm

A company called SplashData went to the bother of tallying up over 2 million leaked passwords from 2015, evaluated them, and compiled them into a ranking of "Worst Passwords of 2015". I know I am guilty of having used similar and in some cases exactly the same weak passwords. Below are the worst 15 in 2015:

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. 12345
6. 123456789
7. football
8. 1234
9. 1234567
10. baseball
11. welcomes
12. 1234567890
13. abc123
14. 111111
15. 1qaz2wsx
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Re: The Worst Passwords of 2015

Post by Admin on Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:26 pm

Ha! I never thought that many people would use those. I tend to use variations on my pet's names, which I can never remember, and end up trying a few before I get the right one. Maybe I should stick to "football" from now on.

And apparently... even when you would think security would be of utmost importance, it seems not so. Over 100,000 Ashley Madison users had the password 123456.

https://www.theatlas.com/charts/NyL3uhCp
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Re: The Worst Passwords of 2015

Post by sandra on Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:43 pm

I use very weak passwords similar but not exactly like the ones you listed.

However, I only use these passwords on websites which I don't really care much about or don't expect to use more than once.
Other websites have my passwords as something no one but my fiancé could guess.
My paypal probably has the strongest password and even my fiancé couldn't guess that one.

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Re: The Worst Passwords of 2015

Post by Dean208 on Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:53 pm

I have also gotten into the bad habit of using the same password for everything. I thought why wouldn't I just use one strong password for everything? Obviously if I ever get hacked they will be able to access all my accounts.

Does anyone have a tip of how to manage the large assortment of passwords that they have accumulated which are different but easy for you to remember but strong enough to prevent someone from hacking into your account?
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Post by sandra on Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:55 pm

Dean208 wrote:I have also gotten into the bad habit of using the same password for everything.  I thought why wouldn't I just use one strong password for everything?  Obviously if I ever get hacked they will be able to access all my accounts.  

Does anyone have a tip of how to manage the large assortment of passwords that they have accumulated which are different but easy for you to remember but strong enough to prevent someone from hacking into your account?

The easiest thing to do would be to make your email password the most difficult one you have and only remember that one.
Then you email your passwords to yourself so you always have them with you.

You could also choose to have google chrome remember your passwords, this way they'll only have all your passwords if they have access to your computer.

You could also just go back to basics and write them in a notebook or an address book.

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Post by Admin on Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:06 pm

sandra wrote:

You could also just go back to basics and write them in a notebook or an address book.

I resorted to the notebook, but I can never seem to find it.
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