When "Most Popular" Isn't A Good Thing:
Worst Passwords of the Year – And How to Fix Them
SplashData Reveals Its '25
Worst Passwords of the Year' List For 2011,
With 'Password' (Yes, That's Right) and '123456' Topping
LOS GATOS, CA (Monday, November 21, 2011) – If you're
one of those people who thought it was clever to use "password" as
your password, it's time to wisen up and make a change. Switching
the "o" to a zero to make it "passw0rd"?
Not much better. Both are on the list of the 25 most common passwords
used on the Internet this year, according to SplashData, a well-known
provider of password management applications.
Other common passwords include simple numerical choices like "123456," common
names like "ashley" and "michael," and patterns
based on the layout of the keyboard like "qwerty" and "qazwsx." There
are also some minor mysteries, like the unusual popularity of "monkey" and "shadow." With
an increasing number of sites requiring more complex passwords, some
letter and number combinations like "abc123" and "trustno1" are
being used more often.
In an effort to encourage adoption of stronger passwords, SplashData,
a leading provider of password software for more than 10 years, today
released its "25 Worst Passwords of the Year" list for
2011. According to SplashData, the most common passwords on the web
SplashData's top 25 list was compiled from files containing
millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers, according
to CEO Morgan Slain. He advised that if consumers or businesses are
using any of the passwords in the list, their passwords should be
"Hackers," Slain said, "can easily break into
many accounts just by repeatedly trying common passwords. Even though
people are encouraged to select secure, strong passwords, many people
continue to choose weak, easy-to-guess ones, placing themselves at
risk from fraud and identity theft," Slain said. "What
you don't want is a password that is easily guessable. If you
have a password that is short or common or a word in the dictionary,
it's like leaving your door open for identity thieves."
Even though thieves have more sophisticated hacking tools at their
disposal today than ever before, they still tend to prefer easy targets,
Slain said. "Just a little bit more sophistication in choosing
passwords will go a long way toward making you safer online."
SplashData suggests making passwords more secure with these tips:
- Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed
types of characters. One way to create longer, more secure passwords
that are easy to remember is to use short words with spaces or
other characters separating them. For example, "eat cake
at 8!" or "car_park_city?"
- Avoid using the same username/password combination for
multiple websites. Especially risky is using the same password for
entertainment sites that you do for online email, social networking,
and financial services. Use different passwords for each new website
or service you sign up for.
- Having trouble remembering all those
different passwords? Try using a password manager application that
organizes and protects passwords and can automatically log you
into websites. There are numerous applications available, but choose
one with a strong track record of reliability and security like
SplashID Safe, which has a 10 year history and over 1 million users.
SplashID Safe has versions available for Windows and Mac as well
as smartphones and tablet devices.
"It's easy to start making your passwords better," Slain
said. "Start now; make it a resolution to keep it up and your
whole life online will safer and more secure in 2012."
About SplashData, Inc.
SplashData has been a leading developer of productivity and security
applications for over 10 years. The company's applications and services
have millions of users worldwide and include SplashID
SplashShopper, SplashTravel, SplashNotes, File
Magic, Flight Tracker,
Birthdays, and Holiday. SplashData's applications are available at
www.splashdata.com and on major smartphone app stores, including
Apple's iTunes App Store, Android Market, and BlackBerry App World.
SplashData was founded in 2000 and is based in Los Gatos, CA.