Is this your password?
It may be hard to believe, but most people do not appreciate the vulnerabilities that are exposed if we do not get even a little bit creative with our passwords. To that end, hackers love those of you that use such lame passwords like “password” and “123456.” Yes, people still use those passwords.
SplashData prepares an annual list of the most common passwords, and believe it or not, the most common (and worst) passwords of 2012 are “password,” “123456,” and “12345678” remain the top three used passwords. Stifles the imagination does it not?
We understand the convenience of easy to remember, easy to type passwords, but making it so easy puts more than just your gaming account at risk. Chances are that if you use a lame password for one account, you probably use a lame password for other accounts (perhaps your bank, PayPal, email?). Aside from the mainstays at the top of the list, there have been some new additions, “welcome,” “ninja,” and “password1” among others.
1. password (Unchanged)
2, 123456 (Unchanged)
3. 12345678 (Unchanged)
4. abc123 (Up 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. monkey (Unchanged)
7. letmein (Up 1)
8. dragon (Up 2)
9. 111111 (Up 3)
10. baseball (Up 1)
11. iloveyou (Up 2)
12. trustno1 (Down 3)
13. 1234567 (Down 6)
14. sunshine (Up 1)
15. master (Down 1)
16. 123123 (Up 4)
17. welcome (New)
18. shadow (Up 1)
19. ashley (Down 3)
20. football (Up 5)
21. jesus (New)
22. michael (Up 2)
23. ninja (New)
24. mustang (New)
25. password1 (New)
As cloud-based services take a more central role with the smart devices we use, do not think for one minute that using these would be “too simple” to fool anyone. If you are at a loss as to how to come up with memorable, yet strong passwords, try some of these ideas:
Use the first letter of each word of a phrase you like, be it from a song or poem. For example, The Beatles, “Love love me do, you know I love you” becomes “Llmdykily,” then add some numbers and a couple symbols in there too, “1Llmdykily@#.”
Another idea is to combine words, for example, The Terminator’s famous line, “I’ll be back” becomes “illbeback.” Just make sure you are creative, since some phrases are on the list. Also remember also to mix capitalization which is also helpful with sites that require such measures. You get the idea.
So, if any of your passwords are on this list, change them. That includes your luggage.
sources: Yahoo! Games, video from Mashable
1. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
wow cant believe that people will really have these password...
2. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
michael and ashley? that is so fudging stupid! cant belive that some of our homan civilisation is still that dumb. What a shame :(
3. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
i for got to say this:
OH NO, ALL OF THESE DUMABASS PASSWORDS ARE not MINE!!!!!!!!
13. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 156; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
"some of our homan civilisation is still that dumb"
Yes... I concur haha
17. JunitoNH (Posts: 839; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Yeah...........with auto correct on sight, you have proven that kid.
20. metalpoet (unregistered)
18. metalpoet (unregistered)
everyone loves jesus and ashley lol
19. metalpoet (unregistered)
my password is "a.i.n.t.n.o.1.g.o.in.2.get.w.a.t.i.a.m.s.a.y.i.n.g.y.o.u.m.o.t.h.a..f.u.c.k.@..." lol
21. luxzy801 (Posts: 134; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)
Hella creative, Im just wondering how long it will take you to type all of that in LOL
22. metalpoet (unregistered)
Entirely way too long lol! But serriously some people need to be especially careful with their password, yeah i know its a pain in the butt to have a complex passwrod that you cant instantly type in with one hand but it prevents prying eyes from seeing your exclusive content :)
4. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Phonearena may be the most popular news source ever, if in every article, they referenced The Beatles.
5. e.wvu (unregistered)
That freaking auto play ad made me shook a little. Haha.
But on topic, you're an idiot if you have one of those passwords.
7. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
password1 seems legit. Changing PA password to it.
8. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Am I okay if my password is JesusDragon?
12. kanagadeepan (Posts: 634; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
What is the rank for this password "G0@ndfu(kurse1f" ????
14. SleepingOz (unregistered)
"jesus" made me LOL! XD
15. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)
give me your password and your email adress and I tell you if its safe
ninja - my wifi name
23. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)
passwords should be like asdofhaosdfhaoshdfohasodufhashfoiahsfhasuiodfhuoashdfioan :DEAL WITH IT: