Here comes one of my favorite things to look at, the top 5 passwords. It's a good reminder that people aren't as unique as they think they are. It may be a pain to come up with a long, complex password, but the extreme convenience you're using to forgo a secure password will come around to bite you in the ass.

If one of these passwords is your password, then you need to change it immediately. Furthermore, if your password is anything found in Mark Burnett's list, then you need to change it immediately!

The Top 5 Passwords

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. 1234
  5. qwerty

Nothing in this top 5 passwords list should surprise you. This list was pulled from a much bigger list (new top 50) compiled by Mark Burnett. His report presents the most used passwords in a data set of about 6 million.

Quick Password Tips

Create a password that has uppercase characters, lowercase characters, numbers, and special characters. The longer the better, but don't make it too long, or else you won't be able to remember it. Around a short sentence will do.

Do not just use lowercase dictionary words as suggested in the infamous XKCD web comic #936. Although the length is good, this password can be cracked with a dictionary very fast.

This is a good point, but isn't as strong against a standard dictionary attack.

Don't pick anything that can be easily guessed like a birthday, pet or child name, address, year, or by running your fingers across a keyboard.

Pick something that can be challenging for others to guess, but something that you can remember.

Do not use the same password anywhere else.

If you have to write your password down, do not store the note under your keyboard, in your drawer (unless it locks), or on your monitor. Store it securely, where no one can walk up and immediately find it.

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