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The Top 500 Worst Passwords of All Time - Is Yours on the List?

submitted on October 25, 2010 by DebsFreebies in "Member's Lounge"
From the moment people started using passwords, it didn’t take long to realize how many people picked the very same Passwords over and over. Even the way people misspell words is consistent. In fact, people are so predictable that most hackers make use of lists of common passwords just like these.

There are some interesting passwords on this list that show how people try to be clever, but even human cleverness is predictable. For example, look at these passwords that I found interesting:

ncc1701 The ship number for the Starship Enterprise
thx1138 The name of George Lucas’s first movie, a 1971 remake of an earlier student project
qazwsx Follows a simple pattern when typed on a typical keyboard
666666 Six sixes
7777777 Seven sevens
ou812 The title of a 1988 Van Halen album
8675309 The number mentioned in the 1982 Tommy Tutone song. The song supposedly caused an epidemic of people dialing 867- 5309 and asking for “Jenny”

“…Approximately one out of every nine people uses at least one password on the list shown in Table 9.1! And one out of every 50 people uses one of the top 20 worst passwords..”

You might should check yours!

  • 84848
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    Posted by mooncow728 on October 25, 2010
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    Woohoo none of my passwords are on the list. My husband and my names are but my kids aren't so I guess I could use the too if I wanted lol.
  • 84870
    Posted by sareece on October 26, 2010
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    I did not notice "password" as the worst password haha! Great there goes my all my ideas for new ones! Amused
  • 84900
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on October 26, 2010
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    I guess the best thing to do is have a password generator. Of course, I'd have to have a program that I keep the passwords in so I didn't forget. Then, a program to secure that program. And a program to protect that...
    • HouTex
      Posted by HouTex on October 26, 2010
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      I was surprised to see that "admin" or "administrator" didn't make the list, since it's often the default and many people don't change it. Lots of people even leave the password blank! If you choose an alphanumeric string with mixed case, it's the very best. And the longer, the better. Or substitute numbers for letters in your chosen words. A really good choice is to use the first letter of each word in a phrase or sentence familiar to you, that's very hard for hackers to break.
  • 84922
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    Posted by lootango on October 26, 2010
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    Awesome... none of my passwords made the list!
  • 85023
    Posted by deby32953 on October 26, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Our passwords are so obscure w/meaning only for us that noone could ever guess!

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