The FBI’s internet crime division has announced a long list of computer and data base access passwords that should never, ever be used. On first glance, it’s obvious that these passwords are made up mostly in haste and are easy to remember. The FBI says also unfortunately cyber-crooks know that all they have to do is get lucky with the list below of the most frequently used passwords. All the reason not to use them.
Here’s the FBI’s public alert:
An Internet site who manages passwords recently posted an article pertaining to the lack of secure passwords being utilized which may be a factor in data breaches — past, present, and future. One reason for the lack of security is the amount of passwords a user is required to remember to access the many databases, applications, multiple networks, etc., used on a daily basis. Sharing passwords among users in a workplace is becoming a common theme to continue the flow of operations. Users have prioritized convenience over security when establishing passwords.
The article provided a list of millions of stolen passwords posted on-line by hackers and ranked the top 25 common passwords.
password passwo0rd dragon 654321
dragon 123456 baseball superman
baseball 12345678 111111 qazwsx
111111 qwerty master michael
iloveyou abc123 sunshine football
sunshine 1234567 bailey
ashley letmein shadow
bailey trustno1 123123
It’s generally recommended that passwords contain both upper and lower cases, be at least eight to ten characters long, and be sprinkled with numbers. It’s also recommend that those using computers or having regular access issues with data bases to establish a reliable list of those passwords that is, itself, password protected.