Top 30 Passwords You Should Never Use and Why

Passwords have become part of our daily lives. We are required to create a password to use an email account, to use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+), for our laptops and phones. You have to create a password to protect your data and limit/stop others from accessing your account. However, this presents a challenge, you have to remember so many passwords, as we create more accounts the list grows. Some of us in order to make things easy, we use easy to remember passwords which are in turn highly vulnerable. This article presents list of passwords you should never use.

It’s important to create strong passwords to stop cyber criminals hacking into our digital live. Thus, it’s very important you avoid very predictable passwords when creating any account that requires password.

For three years running ‘123456’ has been the most popular found (and stolen) password on the Web followed, unsurprisingly, by ‘password’. Sports-based passwords are very popular, with “football” and “baseball” both ranking high among top vulnerable passwords, and also passwords inspired by blockbuster films like “starwars” and “solo”.

Every year, SplashData compiles a list of the millions of stolen passwords made public throughout the last twelve months, then sorts them in order of popularity.

Below are top 30 passwords you should never use

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. 12345
6. 123456789
7. football
8. 1234
9. 1234567
10. baseball
11. welcome
12. 1234567890
13. abc123
14. 111111
15. 1qaz2wsx
16. dragon
17. master
18. monkey
19. letmein
20. login
21. princess
22. qwertyuiop
23. solo
24. passw0rd
25. starwars
26. jesus
27. admin
28 administrator
29. iloveyou
30. trustno1

General rules you should adhere to when choosing passwords
– Don’t use a name that is including in you account name or email Eg: if your email is “[email protected]”, don’t use “okonta” as password.
– You should never use generic names like listed above and any others.
– Combine letters (Capital and small), numbers and symbols when creating passwords.
– Avoid using a sequence such as “qwertyuiop,” which is the top row of letters on a standard keyboard, or “1qaz2wsx” which comprises the first two ‘columns’ of numbers and letters on a keyboard.
– Don’t use a favorite sport as your password – “baseball” and “football” are in top 10, and “hockey,” “soccer” and “golfer” are in the top 100. Don’t use a favorite team either, as “yankees,” “eagles,” “steelers,” “rangers,” and “lakers” are all in the top 100.
– Don’t use your birthday or especially just your birth year — 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 are all in the top 100.
While baby name books are popular for naming children, don’t use them as sources for picking passwords. Common names such as “michael,” “jennifer,” “thomas,” “jordan,” “hunter,” “michelle,” “charlie,” “andrew,” and “daniel” are all in the top 50.
– Don’t use swear words and phrases, hobbies, famous athletes, car brands, and film names.

Source: [Splash Data Blog]

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