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[b]Scam Alert
Bad Passwords
Make your code hard to hack, easy to recall[/b]

by: Sid Kirchheimer | from: AARP Bulletin | April 6, 2012

If "password" is your online password, you're in good company and that's bad. As the single most popular log-in used to access online accounts, it's also the one most easily hacked by cybercriminals.

Changing the "o" to a zero "pass-w0rd" is not much better. It ranks as the 18th most common, according to SplashID, a company that produces password management software. And with more websites now requiring passwords to include both letters and numbers, you may think you're safe with "abc123." Think again. That password ranked fifth.

[b][color=red]Easiest to guess (and steal)

1. password
2. 123456
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football[/color][/b]


Some new trends have popped up in SplashID's analysis of millions of passwords. Joining the longtime "don't use" password "qwerty" the top left letters on a keyword is "qazwsx," a top-to-bottom sequence on the left. There's also increased use of common names. Officials, however, are baffled by the popularity of "monkey" and "shadow."

But what's clear is that using any of these passwords significantly increases your risk of identity theft. Although cybercrooks sometimes apply sophisticated hacking software, they're more likely to depend on the old-fashioned method: repeatedly trying common passwords to log into your account.

Here's how to make passwords harder to hack yet easier to remember:

Go long. Use at least 12 keystrokes. One study shows that a good 12-character password would take hackers more than 17,000 years to crack.

Mix it up. Use upper- and lowercase letters, spaces and underscores, and symbols like @ and %.

Finesse your favorites. For easier recall, base your passwords on foods you like, TV shows or first letters of a song, but with tweaks, symbols and conscious misspellings.

Whatever you choose, use different passwords to access online financial accounts, email, social networking and even to post comments on websites. Consider changing them every 90 days or so.

To gauge password protection, go to microsoft.com/security and select "Create Strong Passwords."
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I read something somewhere saying a!a!a!a!a!a! was a strong password. It probably was until the article was passed around the internet!
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