After the analysis of millions of stolen passwords that end up posted online, SplashData has created a rankings of the worst passwords of 2011. SplashData specializes on password management and security solution.
According to the list, the worst password of all is “password” itself followed by 123456. Some of the common phrases like “letmein” and “iloveyou” also rank 8th and 13th in the list.
The worst are listed. But, what about the best or the strongest passwords? The company has three suggestions to make it difficult for intruders to guess your passwords:
- include numbers, letters and special characters whenever possible.
- choose password that has 8 characters or more.
- It’s bad idea to use use the same passwords in multiple websites or accounts. Password managers can be used to keep track of various passwords (this is SplashData’s main business)
Personally, I don’t believe in password managers. I would prefer the difficulty of password depending on the importance of the account and use a pattern of passwords so that they are easier to remember. Even if I forget a password I can get to the right one after a couple of tries. In almost every websites, there are options to reset password, in worst case.