November 22, 2011, 1:47 PM —
Year end lists are starting to appear, and this one will hurt: the 25 worst passwords of 2011. Number one, yet again, is password.
Some companies demand a mix of alpha an numeric characters, so users get clever and use passw0rd. No hacker will think of that, right? And while 123456 may be a great password for some systems, more secure organizations require eight characters in a password. You know what's coming, don't you? 12345678. And where is ***** on the list?
No wonder Facebook accounts get cracked by the hundreds of thousands each day. And for those trying to break into your significant other's Facebook account to post embarrassing status entries, you now have the 25 most likely passwords. That assumes your significant other isn't smart enough to follow even the most basic password rules.
I always liked the password "obvious". That way when people ask what the password is for something I can tell them the password is obvious.