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Top common passwords

June 13, 2011 By: Dr Search Principal Consultant at the Search Clinic Category: Customer Service, Cyber Security, data security, Dr Search, Ecommerce, internet, Technology Companies, Uncategorized

Dr Search visited the Cheltenham Science Festival at the weekend and attended a lecture by Toby of GCHQ on security in the computer age.Top common passwordsOne of the many interesting facts I learnt were the top common passwords that people frequently use for making their various internet accounts “safe”.

The top 10 passwords are:

Rank Password
1                      123456
2                      password
3                      12345678
4                      1234
5                      12345
6                      iloveyou
7                      qwerty
8                      696969
9                      letmein
10                    abc123

If you use any of these, I strongly recommend that you change them as it is only a matter of time before you suffer security consequences.

Apparently these passwords are used so frequently that cyber criminals regularly start code cracking attempts with these.

I have repeated these as a warning, not as a purile suggestion but that you learn from these mistakes and don’t become fodder for cyber criminals.

Oh and one other warning- if you have a wifi connection provided by Sky- so unconcerned by security is Rupert Murdoch that the odds are that your login details are “sky” and “admin”.

Apparently the Murdochs’ overriding concern is to make your wifi work- and make money in the process, so all of the default settings are easy to use.

If you want to set up a secure phrase- use 16 characters which include upper and lower case letters, numbers as well as a few punctuation marks.

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