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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:27 PM

 

Worst passwords

Just saw an article talking about common passwords. I was stunned at the first five most common in particular. I mean "password". Really? Really. I know we can all do better with password security. But avoiding any of the following would be a good step. BTW none of my passwords were on the list. So I guess I'm doing better than some.

http://splashdata.com/press/PR121023.htm
# Password Change from 2011

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

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Reply Worst passwords (Original post)
guardian Feb 2013 OP
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #1
Fantastic Anarchist Feb 2013 #6
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #7
BlueJazz Feb 2013 #15
lpbk2713 Feb 2013 #2
IDemo Feb 2013 #3
Go Vols Feb 2013 #4
RC Feb 2013 #5
guardian Feb 2013 #8
RC Feb 2013 #9
year of the cat Feb 2013 #10
guardian Feb 2013 #11
year of the cat Feb 2013 #12
guardian Feb 2013 #13
year of the cat Feb 2013 #14
Phillip McCleod Feb 2013 #16
eppur_se_muova Feb 2013 #18
progressoid Feb 2013 #17
JanMichael Feb 2013 #19
SwissTony Mar 2013 #20
blaze Mar 2013 #21

Response to guardian (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:31 PM

1. I got tired of my one credit card account wanting me to change it every 6 months.

worse yet, they wouldn't let me reuse an old password. I got pissed and used a variation of CLUSTERFUCK-since then they haven't asked me to change it and it's been 4 years now. I think they don't want to know what my next one will be.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:37 PM

6. To resolve password reset frequencies (and to remember them easier)

This is what I do:

I use a common word (this is the word that I will use through any iteration). Apply two numbers in the center of the word. Then when you are asked to reset the password, you can just up the digits within the word, and then work backward.

Example:

"Wel10come" (without quotes)

You can then reuse the password using any combination of the digits when reset time is due. So:

"Wel11come" because the new one, then "Wel12come" and so on and so forth.

All you have to do is remember the number sequence, which is really quite easy to do.

Note: No, that is not my password.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 05:09 PM

7. counting everything I have over 100 passwords to remember.

since they don't change at the same time, I really don't want to remember all of them from scratch, or where in the sequence variation I may be.;

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:13 PM

15. I use a dollar bill serial number (with the letters) I stick the bill under the tower. ..

...unless I get broke and hungry.

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Response to guardian (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:37 PM

2. admin




A lot of equipment comes with that as the default and it never gets changed.


Common names followed by 123 (john123, mary123) are used quite often as well.
PW crack software can break most in the blink of an eye.


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Response to guardian (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:38 PM

3. 'passw0rd' with a zero

They'll never guess that one!

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Response to guardian (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:10 PM

4. I don't think I could remember these.

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Response to guardian (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:31 PM

5. I used to use names of Hawaiian towns.

 

Grab a state map and see why. No, I never used Honolulu as a password.
Street names there is another possibility, too.

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Response to RC (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:31 PM

8. That's a good one.

 

I too like words from non-English language combined with things easy for me to remember like

favorite opera: la boheme
last 4 digits of my stock broker's phone number: 4289
becomes "LaBoheme4289"

or

city visited on vacation: Marrakech
year visited: 1983
becomes "Marrakech1983"

or
spanish for dumbass: pendejo
biggest dumbass president: bush
date bush invaded iraq: March 20, 2003
becomes "PendejoBush3202003"

for any account that actually has financial consequences like banking, PayPal, etc. I'll add some extra things like special characters/numbers. For example, "99%" or "U238" for atomic weight of uranium or "A**HOLE" or "BB&B" for Bed Bath & Beyond

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Response to guardian (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:40 PM

9. You got it.

 

What works for you, would make it hard for me. And that is the idea.

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Response to year of the cat (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:01 PM

11. I'm not "for it"

 

I was just passing along a link to an article that I thought was interesting. No more. No less.

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Response to year of the cat (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:07 PM

13. dude

 

click the link. that is why it's there.

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Response to guardian (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 06:34 AM

16. password strength (xkcd)

 

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:28 PM

18. And how many systems allow passwords longer than 12 characters ?

Rational thought defeated by bureaucratic inflexibility.

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Response to guardian (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 06:44 PM

17. ashley is more popular than Jesus



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Response to guardian (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:43 AM

19. Pet's names-

that belonged to your grandparents and great grandparents I ran out of dead dogs and cats once at work, so had to resort to horses

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Response to guardian (Original post)

Mon Mar 18, 2013, 04:23 PM

20. I've used Australian Aboriginal names, the names of small villages in Germany

and obscure Italian classical composers.

I rarely forget my password, but I have paper documentation in the form of books. I just need to remember the theme and the appropriate book.

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Response to guardian (Original post)

Tue Mar 19, 2013, 08:09 PM

21. I've been cycling through names of the week/month

followed by or intertwined with a series of numbers that are easy for me to remember.

Think I'm good?

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