Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Favourite passwords used online

What are the most common passwords used by online users? According to a research done by Information Week on an analysis of 28,000 passwords from a popular website:
  • 16% uses name (yes, your own name, spouse or children)
  • 14% likes "1234" or "12345678" (easy and nice)
  • 4% uses "password" or "password1" (password = password)

Some other common passwords includes:
  • qwerty (English keyboard letters below the numeric keys)
  • hannah, pokemon, matrix, ironman (popular tv show stars)
  • iloveyou, ihateyou

For better protection, it is safer to choose a password that is longer than 8 characters with one capital letter and one symbol.

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