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The worst passwords to use online:

Hi friends, I have seen many people say what would be the safe password to use online.

Here are some of the worst passwords that can be used or in other words cakewalk for a hacker to steal your sensitive information and further reading gives the best passwords to choose from….

In recent study some the worst passwords to use online are as follows…

The most common passwords

rockyou

12345

123456789

Password

iloveyou

princess

123456

1234567

12345678

abc123

Here are some of the types of passwords that will be picked up by our crackers:

Secure Passwords

  • Words in the dictionary.
  • Words in any dictionary.
  • Your user name.
  • Your real name.
  • Your spouse’s name.
  • Anyone’s name (crackers don’t necessarily know that your aunt’s middle name is Agnes, but it’s easy enough to get a list of 100,000 names and try each one).
  • Any word in any “cracking dictionary”. There are lists of words that crackers use to crack passwords : passwords that a lot of people use. Some of these lists include:

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Abbreviations, Asteroids, Biology, Cartoons, Character Patterns, Machine names, famous names, female names, Bible, male names, Movies, Myths-legends, Number Patterns, Short Phrases, Places, Science Fiction, Shakespeare, Songs, Sports, Surnames.

  • Any of the above, with a single character before or after it (“8dinner”, “happy1”).
  • Any of the above, capitalized (“cat” –> “Cat”)
  • Any of the above, reversed (“cat” –> “tac”), doubled (“cat” –> “catcat”) or mirrored (“cat” –> “cattac”).
  • We used to tell people that taking a word and substituting some characters (a 0 (zero) for an o, or a 1 for an l) made a good password. This is no longer the case. New crackers have the capability to crack things like this, in certain situations.
  • Words like “foobar”, “xyzzy” and “qwerty” are still just plain words. They are also popular passwords, and the crack programs look for them. Avoid them.

Now lets us see how to choose a secure password…

Check how secure your passwords are by using Microsoft’s password checker tool.

You can take advantage of the shift key; characters like & or % can be used in addition to numbers and capital letters. Mixing different types of characters will make your passwords more secure.
Try to ensure your password length is 8-14 characters.

Change your passwords on a regular basis – experts suggest every 30 days for painstaking effort for hackers to find your passwords.

If you have a bad memory and cannot remember even the simple of passwords, then create a passwords from your favorite poem or song, in that case choose a phrase rather than a single word.

Use a different user name and password for your online accounts – that way, if one is compromised you can be sure that others are still safe. At the very least, use different passwords for sensitive accounts such as your online banking.

So friends use these methods to be a safe online, cheers !!!

Keeping a secure password is one of the best ways to protect your WordPress Blog.


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    • Gouri

      Having strong password is very essential… thanks for the helpful tips.

    • Dr. Robert Doebler

      The last time I heard, "password" was the most common of all the passwords. It's weird how thoughtless people have become of their passwords and not caring about their security at all. I hope that they are not waiting to be hacked before they decide to change their passwords into something more secured.

    • Steve

      Since I discovered Pixelock.com II have never had to concern myself with passwords. Pixelock is a picture password system that allows me secure access to all my passwords online. As the site doesn’t store my passwords (but allows me to regenerate them, each time) my passwords cannot be hacked or stolen. Also pixelock.com removes the chance of phising. Anyway it works for me!
      Steve

    • Vinayak Nagri

      My google password is more than 16 characters long….. 😉 I can remember it easily and no one can guess it easily
      Long passwords are really important for such websites.

    • Dev | Technshare

      Interesting post…thanks for sharing…
      always try to use a combination of numbers, special characters, Cap……
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    • Samuel

      Lol dnt u tink is nice mixing some words with ur native language in creating passwords lolz!

    • Rajeel

      passwords are not at all strong in these days. most of the passwords are 1234567 and iloveyou.

      In my opinion one should use seperate passwords for seperate services. i know that this may be hard to remeber but if we make a good equation and make password on the basis of the service too, it may be secure. anyway, never use same password for all services !
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    • TechChunks

      How about taking the initials of each letter of a sentence?

      e.g. take your fav sentence, lets say – “I love blogging and I love it even more when I get PAID for it”. So you password becomes – “IlbaIliemwIgPfi” Try this password in any password strength checker and I’m sure it will tell that it is – Uber-Strong! 😛
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    • Allenwoode

      Not,I think password using in space is better then that you change every 30days.space is good tips.

    • Dennis Edell

      ALL passwords every 30 days, LOL good one! Yea right.
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    • abhi

      Can we add space in a password? I never tried that.

      • Tech Sputter

        Sure dude… U can add space to ur pass…
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    • kevin

      nice article..!!!

      • Tech Sputter

        Thanx man…
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    • Pfems

      I agree with you but if you add space in your password then its too protect to other then.
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    • R I Mohana Krishnan

      that’s Really Nice… article.. !! dude… Hw u Got those information dude…lol :P..

      • Tech Sputter

        Dude… Most of them use insecure passwords and one of my friend's pass was hacked… So we thought that this article might be useful…
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    • NpXp

      I just dunno how dumb people can get. The most common password in the whole of US is “letmein”

      No wonder why there economy is going down the drain.. lol
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    • Techie

      I think most know somewhat all know these things but all hardly care about it. What do you think ? It’s nice that you make others remember this once again. God job.
      .-= Techie’s last blog…One of ’strangest’ place on internet I have ever been OMEGLE 😛 =-.

      • Tech Sputter

        Thanks dude…
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    • Connecticut SEO

      Thanks for this post, online security gets more and more important the more we shop for and buy things online. Strong passwords are a must
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      • Tech Sputter

        Ur welcome buddy…
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    • Siddharth

      Using numbers without no character in password is ridiculous ! Most of people have their cell phone number as password . That is really risky. To create password which can not be broken you need to combine all stuffs .

      Passwords like this cannot be broken .

      (::)lol(:_5756_:)
      _()sas#ds967

      though it is impossible to remember . But practising would help out .

    • NavaPavan

      Since the points are basic, they must be followed by everyone.

    • Ram kumar

      but which one is the best type of password combination of numbers and words or some words that is not in dictionary??:-?
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      • Tech Sputter

        Dude for example…
        1. scuba becomes 5cu8a
        2. water becomes w4t3r
        3. icecream becomes 1c3cr34m

        These can also b called strong pass…
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    • Kothapally Arun

      Very nice suggestion.

      Unless you use special characters your password is never secure.
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    • GDI Blog

      I use to type my nickname in capital and normal letters, also a few combined number after it like 17584654915 (:
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    • Anish K.S

      Its better you use a combination of numbers, special characters, Caps , Lower case instead of 0 use o like tricks will help to create a good password.

    • Mathew Day

      Interesting post, I try to be as creative as I can when I come up with my passwords.
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    • Rajesh Kanuri

      Although basics they were quite useful and helpful…
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    • Sandeep Singh

      basics !!but useful

    • sudharsan @ technoskillonlines

      Combination of words, NUmbers and special character will surely be a Good and strong Password..
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    • Bharath

      very informative…

    • Ram kumar

      ya .. a very nice tip i think it can be helpful to all:)

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