'Password' no longer the internet's worst password

By admin
22 January 2014

The number sequence "123456" has overtaken "password" as the most common worst password among Internet users, an online security firm says.

Releasing its annual Worst Passwords list, SplashData said it was the first time "password" had lost its number-one position, changing places with its numerical rival.

In third place was "12345678," unchanged from 2012, while "qwerty" and "abc123" came in fourth and fifth -- and "iloveyou" climbed two spots to number nine.

Swinging the results, SplashData said, was a major security breach involving Adobe software that laid bare the widespread use of weak passwords among users of such Adobe products as Photoshop.

"Seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on this list (for the first time) offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing," said SplashData chief executive Morgan Slain, whose company markets password management apps.

Like other password experts, SplashData encouraged Internet users to opt for "passphrases" -- a bunch of random words, numbers and characters, like "smiles_like_skip?" -- that are easy to remember, but harder for online scam artists to crack.

Need help keeping track of your passwords? There's an app for that! Check out Keeper, which you can download to your smart phone free at the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

What with your various email accounts and social media profiles, keeping track of all those passwords can become a nightmare. But if you have Keeper, all you need to remember is one.  This app lets you store all your passwords in one place, protected with your “master password”. Worried about people being able to hack into all your personal data on the app? Not to worry – there is a “self-destruct” feature you can activate, which will automatically erase all of your data after five incorrect login attempts. Another handy feature is the password generator, which you can use to come with new passwords when you run out of options for new accounts.

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