Is Your Password on The List?

We’ve all been taught never to use “password” as a personal password, right? Though it may seem obvious that such a password is easy to guess, “password” is a frequently used, and easily hacked, password according to a recent study preformed by SplashData. The mobile software company recently published their annual list of the worst passwords based on predictability and how easily hacked an account may be when a common word or series of numbers is used.

Now might be a good time to review your school and personal passwords. Remember that a lack of predictability is key. Choose a password that is difficult to guess. Selecting what is a seemingly random combination of letters or numbers is a great place to start. Consider the addition of special characters such as “%” or “&” as an added password security measure. Also, be sure to use different passwords for different accounts.

From the Mashable news site, here are the top 25 worst passwords for 2011 as published by SplashData:

1. password
2. 123456
3.12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

PM High School student, Bri Reisinger, assisted with this article. 

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