The folks over at Gizmodo compiled a list of the 25 Most Popular Passwords. In their words, “we’re all such idiots.” SplashData creates this list every year based on stolen passwords made public, then sorts them by popularity.
Before sharing this list, know that if you are using one of these passwords please change it immediately. Like, before you finish reading this page.
5 Tips for Better Passwords
- Mix Letters, Numbers and Characters
Think of a word or phrase, then mix in crazy letters and characters. That way you’ll be more likely to remember it, but it will be harder to crack by non-you people. For instance if you like football (and many people do because “football” was No. 7 on that stolen password list), consider how you can make that more secure. Maybe “F0ot3@l1” — notice how the numbers and letters still resemble the original word?
- Avoid Personal Information
Sure it is fun to make a password with your kid’s name or your birthday, but any hacker with an Internet connection can find public information and even private information through sites like Facebook.
- Use Different Passwords for Different Accounts
Ever wonder why some people are hacked on Facebook, then suddenly their email starts sending out malware? It is likely they use the same password for both Facebook and their email. Now imagine the trouble they could see if they also use that password for sites like PayPal or their bank.
- Keep Passwords Secure
Once you’ve made a harder password, don’t leave it out for the world to discover. This includes leaving a sticky note on your monitor with the password written on it. If you must keep track of several passwords and want to create a document, don’t name that document “passwords.” Google recommends considering a password manager if you have difficulty remembering multiple passwords.
- Consider Using a Random Password Generator
If you truly want a secure password, it should be random. Simply google “strong password generator” and several sites will offer random password generation. You can select the length and what types of characters to include.