Top 10 Popular Passwords

May 15, 2008 – 5:59 AM

If you want to be stylish and liked, go with what’s popular. But if you want security, using the most popular passwords are a sure way to leave hackers an easy way into your accounts. Apparently, a whopping 20% of people use some variant of the following 10 password choices, according to this blog post:

  • Your partner, child, or pet’s name, possibly followed by a 0 or 1 (because they’re always making you use a number, aren’t they?)
  • The last 4 digits of your social security number.
  • 123 or 1234 or 123456.
  • “password”
  • Your city, or college, football team name.
  • Date of birth – yours, your partner’s or your child’s.
  • “god”
  • “letmein”
  • “money”
  • “love”

Of course, password crackers can hack a lot more types of passwords than just the top 10 variants–read the full article to learn more.

Source: IT Security

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