I read about this in the National Geographic magazine last week, and it made me think.
The 25 most common passwords used on the internet in 2012 were:
Did anyone recognise anything? I felt a sense of relief that none of mine are there!
The list is compiled by SplashData from over 3 million stolen passwords posted online by hackers over the last few years.
Here are SplashData’s suggestions for making passwords more secure, and keeping your online information safer:
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.
“It just takes a few extra moments to make a password better,” Slain said. “If you get started now and make it a resolution to keep it up, your life online will be safer and more secure in 2013.”