Top 10 most common Passwords to avoid


  1. I use open source and portable “PWGen” to create passwords for important places; it can generate some very highly secure passwords but you need either a photographic memory or separate secure notation of what that password is; for more mundane accounts I use the Chrome/FF extension “Blur”, which makes and stores good passwords in the cloud but security depends on 1) your remembering to sign out of Blur (not just disable extension) prior to shutting down device, and 2) Blur sync server security…important as both all accounts and matching passwords sit on them.

    BTW, the link to MS password checker in your story took me to a 2010 TWC entry, from there the link to MS password generator kept timing out or throwing “may have moved” errors; same happened when I Googled and found such a link at Symantec for MS checker…couldn’t get MS itself as an option in Google results.

    Thanks for this security reminder piece, and it’s good to add change even strong passwords from time to time as a hacker could get lucky or siphon that data from a website ala the recent Linux Mint episode. Cheers!

  2. Good tips… Back in the 1990’s, the most common “secure” passwords were proper names followed by a single digit. typically 1… 🙂

  3. I like this list. However, what is the source of this information that identified that these are the top common passwords.

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