At the beginning of the year, Mashable released a list of the worst passwords in 2013. The big news is that the password “password” has finally been dethroned. The usurper to # 1 Worst Password was “123456” which is arguably a somewhat lateral move.
Password security is a topic we’ve discussed before, but the following are some dos and don’ts regarding the password security:
- Create unique passwords that use numbers, symbols (*&!$%), upper-and-lower-case letters
- Make your password 8 – 10 characters long, the longer the better
- Try using PasswordSafe (http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net) or other similar software to store your passwords on your computer.
- Change your password every 3 months
- Change your password after a security breach
- Make your password easy to type (this makes it harder for someone looking over your shoulder to steal it!)
- Use your birth date, social security number or phone number
- Use the same password for multiple web sites | especially not your email password
- Store your passwords on your computer
- Choose your username as your password
- Use all letters or all numbers
- Use sample passwords
The following is the list of the 25 worst passwords of 2013. If yours is on here, you should probably change it. IMMEDIATELY.