Worst passwords EVER! Check to make sure yours aren't on the list

by David Spark on January 5, 2009

Mark Burnett’s 2005 book Perfect Passwords: Selection, Protection, Authentication has a table of the “Top 500 Worst Passwords Of All Time.” You better check this list to make sure that none of your passwords are on this list. According to Burnett:

“…Approximately one out of every nine people uses at least one password on the list shown in Table 9.1! And one out of every 50 people uses one of the top 20 worst passwords..”

Hackers know this list and use this list. Hundreds if not thousands of people have used each password on this list. If your password is on this list, change it.

This news item is for the Spark Minute week of 1/5/09 which can be heard daily on Green 960 and 910 KNEW in San Francisco, CA.

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