25 Worst Passwords of 2011 – A Few Head Scratchers

Zero Day Attacks and Implications

“Football” isn’t just one of America’s favorite past times, or what many of us enjoyed watching on Thanksgiving Day. According to a recent Forbes.com article revealing the 25 “Worst Passwords” of 2011, “football” made the list as #25.

To see the full list of “worst passwords” compiled by SplashData, take a look at the article. I’ll share a few of my favorites:

#1 “password” – Excellent choice…sense the sarcasm?

#2 “123456” – For those of you thinking, “Why didn’t they just write the numbers backwards,”… “654321” is on the list as well at #21.

#16“ashley”, #17“bailey” and #24“michael” – These are just curious to me. Michael is the third most popular name for a boy in 2010 according to the Social Security Administration, but Ashley doesn’t even make the Top 10 most popular female baby name list and Bailey doesn’t appear on either, so there’s some lacking in logic.

Go From Weak Passwords to Strong Passwords

Some of the worst passwords on the list may leave you scratching your head and asking, “What can I do to make sure I create a strong password each time I’m required to use one?” Consider this an early gift for the holidays – here’s The Secret to Strong Passwords.

After reading this quick post, you’ll know exactly how you should be approaching password security. I explain how hackers crack passwords and what an unbreakable password looks like. For companies, password management software may be the best next step. My post discusses different options for the enterprise and some password alternatives.

Do you have any tips you can share for creating and managing secure passwords? Share your thoughts on the blog. You can also follow us on Twitter: @liebsoft.

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