Passwords. What makes them bad?
It is not just the words in a password. It is how they are used, what context they are used in, if they have been exposed online, and other factors.
- admin (or admin with only a few extra characters like admin1, admin!, adminX)
- password2019 (and iterations of it, such as 2019Password)
- password (and iterations of it, such as password1, password123, p4ssword)
- p4ssw0rd (or other common leetspeak variations)
- 12345 (and iterations of it, such as 123456, 1234567, 12345678, 123456789)
- 654321 (reversed versions of common passwords)
- qwerty (and iterations of it, such as qwerty1, qwerty!, qwerty123, etc.)
- 1111111 (and others like it with sequential characters, such as 222222, 3333333, 4444444, 5555555, etc.)
- 123123 (and iterations of it, such as 12341234, 1234512345, 321321, etc.)
- abc123 (and iterations of it, such as abcd123, abcd1234, 321cba, etc.)
- asdfgh (and iterations of it, such as asdfghj, asdfgh!, etc.)
- Website name (passwords that contains the site name. ie: www.acmecompany.com and the password is acmecompany)
- Any common word in the dictionary less then 8 characters
- Lastly, compromised passwords that have been exposed along with your username!
A strong password isn’t necessarily a safe password. Although many passwords meet typical algorithmic strength requirements, they may still be unsafe if they exist in password cracking dictionaries used by cybercriminals.
You can see if a sample password is generally safe, weak, or compromised here.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Enzoic authored by Enzoic. Read the original post at: https://www.enzoic.com/the-top-15-worst-passwords-of-2019/