Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Passwords are still lousy

The most popular password is "123456":
The most popular passwords in 2014 were also the most obvious —leading security experts to once again urge people to change their passwords.

As with 2013, variations on passwords like 123456 continue to be the most popular passwords. Other obvious choices such as “password” and “qwerty” are also in the top five.
Actually that one can be a pretty good password if you're dealing with H4x0Rz like this:



Of course, you're far too smart to fall for that.  You use strong passwords, right?  I knew you did!

13 comments:

Tony Tsquared said...

I use an progressive algorithm That has a contingency for upper case, lower case, numbers, and special characters. I change my important passwords on a specific day of the month. The rest of my accounts get changed at least once a year but they are based on a different progressive algorithm.

Atom Smasher said...

I rock it XKCD style.

ASM826 said...

qwerty123

Old NFO said...

If**kinghate2usepasswords. :-)

Rick C said...

I'm clever--I use "incorrect horse battery staple"!

Charles Lee Scudder said...

I once had a 16 character password, I shortened it to 10 because 16 characters is tedious as all get out.

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Tacitus2 said...

My passwords are usually obscure and derogatory towards computers in general. From classic SciFi:

Landru68 DaystromM5 ForbinColossus

Pretty good security I suppose, especially as Landru is phonetic instead of what the writers of Trek TOS actually meant.

Tacitus

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

I use memorable phrases from movies, with a fairly consistent method of inserting caps and numbers when necessary. If there's a character limit, I use the first letter of each word in the phrase.

Goober said...

"That's the kind of password an idiot would use on his luggage!"

Atom Smasher said...

No, "Landru" was "Landru" in the script.

"Landru! Guide us!"

Tacitus2 said...

I stand corrected. I knew it was a name borrowed from a French serial killer, guess I assumed the spelling was a bit more...Frenchy.

Or perhaps the confusion is from another source. The Minnesota Twins once had a mediocre outfielder named Ken Landrieux. He would catch the ball, or drop it. My brother and I would just say.."It is the Will...of Landrieux."

kx59 said...

twenty characters, +/- 5
-don't want to be too specific :)