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Is this your password?

Is this your password?
In this day and age, passwords are a fact of life. In fact, if we use a smartphone, social media, other mobile apps, even a profile here on phoneArena.com, we deal with passwords.

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.

Top used passwords of 2012
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

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posted on 25 Oct 2012, 20:04 6

1. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

lol no...

wow cant believe that people will really have these password...

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 20:12

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 :(

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 20:14 3

3. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

i for got to say this:


posted on 26 Oct 2012, 01:35

13. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

"some of our homan civilisation is still that dumb"
Yes... I concur haha

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 16:59 1

17. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Yeah...........with auto correct on sight, you have proven that kid.

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 16:55

20. metalpoet (unregistered)


posted on 28 Oct 2012, 16:53

18. metalpoet (unregistered)

everyone loves jesus and ashley lol

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 16:54

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

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 23:32

21. luxzy801 (Posts: 140; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)

Hella creative, Im just wondering how long it will take you to type all of that in LOL

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:15

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 :)

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 20:16

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.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 20:17 6

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.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 20:32 1

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Who's the retard that uses those?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 20:54 1

7. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

password1 seems legit. Changing PA password to it.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 21:12 2

8. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

Am I okay if my password is JesusDragon?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 23:03 4

9. redmd (Posts: 1351; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

what about "passw0rd"?

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 00:34 4

12. kanagadeepan (Posts: 975; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

What is the rank for this password "G0@ndfu(kurse1f" ????

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 01:37 1

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)

"jesus" made me LOL! XD

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 04:18 3

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

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 05:18

16. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

durr okay

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 14:57

23. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

passwords should be like asdofhaosdfhaoshdfohasodufhashfoiahsfhasuiodfhuoas​hdfioan :DEAL WITH IT:

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