Friday, February 3, 2012

The 25 worst passwords of 2011

The Top 25 Most Hacked Passwords

It’s hard to image, but some hackers gain access to systems the good old-fashioned way — using the time-honored tradition of a brute force attack where they simply guess a password. Why do some still use this technique? Because it works. And, it works especially well when someone uses the word “password” as their password.

To help bring attention to this security threat, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) recently published a list of the 25 top most hacked passwords.

The list of the top 25, ranked in descending order:

password, 123456, 1234567, qwerty, abc123, monkey, 1234567, letmein, trustno1, dragon, baseball, 111111, iloveyou, master, sunshine, ashley, bailey, passw0rd, shadow, 123123, 654321, superman, qazwsx, michael, football

If you are using any of these, maybe it’s time to rethink that strategy.