As more and more of our personal information is being pushed to the cloud, it’s absolutely essential that you re-evaluate your passwords soon. Most people think that the cloud is not secure and the’re partially right. But it’s not because the cloud is not secure, it’s because people insist on using weak passwords and then compound the problem by using the same weak password for all their online accounts.
We thought you’d be interested to know the 25 worst passwords. Sadly these are not only the worst passwords, but commonly used passwords as well.
Here is a list of the 25 worst passwords compiled by SplashData…
“…SplashData created the rankings based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. Here is the complete list:
‘…Hackers can easily break into many accounts just by repeatedly trying common passwords,” Slain says. “Even though people are encouraged to select secure, strong passwords, many people continue to choose weak, easy-to-guess ones, placing themselves at risk from fraud and identity theft…'”
Both of us here at Cloudeight urge you to start using strong passwords right away — and warn you to never use the same password for more than one account. Hackers with sophisticated password cracking tools can guess simple passwords in a fraction of a second. It would take a trillion years though, for a hacker to crack a strong thirteen-character password consisting of random letters, numbers and characters.
Both of us use tools like Roboform and Lastpass to generate and store strong passwords for us. Most people fear if they use a password like 7AsDLY6%PP93MW7 they’ll not be able to remember it – but the truth is you don’t have to. In fact, Lastpass is free and not only remembers passwords and username combinations for you, it will automatically fill in the login information for you as well.
Hackers are not geniuses. It does not take a genius to crack a password such as “password” or “iloveyou”. And whether you like it or not, more and more of your personal information and priceless photos, music and documents are being stored in the cloud. And the weakest security point in the cloud is your password.
Don’t take chances and count on luck to protect you. Update your weak passwords with strong passwords — and never use the same password for more than one account.
If you have not yet chosen a password manager, take a look at LastPass. It’s free and it works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.