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The 25 worst passwords of 2011

Discussion in 'Software, Computers, CMC's Techie Stuff' started by Larry Peterson, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    It seems like there lists of everything (thank you very much Mr Letterman). Not to be left out Smart Planet gives us the 25 worst passwords of 2011.

    OK, people, fess up. Who among us has used one of these?

    1. password
    2. 123456
    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 (the two left columns on the keyboard)
    24. michael
    25. football


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  2. Rhonda in MT

    Rhonda in MT MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    We have passwords on our print ordering kiosks, mainly so we know when a person is done ordering. So when they ask for the password it's 1234. Always good for a chuckle.
  3. Luddite

    Luddite PFG, Picture Framing God

    Nope.... Not even Dragon! Never considered that word,yeah shocking ain't it? L
  4. UzZx32QU

    UzZx32QU Administrator Staff Member

    Ever wonder why I changed the logon from framer to UzZx32QU ?

    Because UzZx32QU was the server root password that got posted by mistake.

  5. Mike Labbe

    Mike Labbe Member, Former moderator team volunteer

    I was wondering where that came from! :)
  6. Peter Odems

    Peter Odems SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Did hackers already made a tool to enter a WPA2-protected network?
  7. Thedra

    Thedra CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    letmein was an old nerd password back when very few things were passworded! Most of those passwords wouldn't pass muster for most systems!
  8. Bob Doyle

    Bob Doyle SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I like letmein :) I think I may change mine to nien9nine :):)

    See I can throw politics into a password thread :)
  9. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Here's a strong one for you Bob. Nice use of upper/lower case mixed w/ numbers & characters.


    Ooops you better not use that because everybody will be able to guess it for you.:shutup:
  10. Luddite

    Luddite PFG, Picture Framing God

    Almost named my wireless "bad connection"... Just thought it might look amusing on that networks list. Password protected anyhow..long string of code too.. L
  11. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

  12. Bob Doyle

    Bob Doyle SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Jeff if people knew you they would never be able to guess your password of "Obama~2012"

    Even better rated on Larry's link was PrezObama~2012

    Feel free to use it Jeff :)
  13. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I've been using:

    BidenIsTheBrainsOfTheOperation2012 :p
  14. Bill Henry-

    Bill Henry- SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    So, you changed it from, “ThisIsAReallyBigF*ingDeal”? :icon21:
  15. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Turns out that one was being used by the VP already so the Secret Service has it blocked for all other use.:nuts:
  16. Bob Doyle

    Bob Doyle SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Plus there are no numbers, it's kinda weak...

    Biden... I read it as BinLaden :)
  17. Bron

    Bron SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    WHAT? No "open ses a me!
  18. couture's gallery

    couture's gallery PFG, Picture Framing God

    Everyone knows it's "Open sez me"
  19. couture's gallery

    couture's gallery PFG, Picture Framing God

    Mine is "Ifurgotmypasswurd". However, I can never remember it.
  20. Bill Henry-

    Bill Henry- SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Through my credit card processor, I can access reports and summaries on “Client Line”.

    The problem is that their requirement are, IMO, a bit silly. It must be ten characters long; there can be no double letters (e.g. Bill); have at least one capital letter; and it must contain non sequential numbers.

    That means I can’t use an easily remembered password, so I almost need to write it down … which, of course, defeats the whole purpose.

    But, the real problem is that if I don’t log into Client Line at least every 14 days, they reset my log in information automatically, which means that I have to fill out a new applications with the merchant account #, T.I.N., routing numbers, credit terminal I.D., etc., each time. AND, my new password has the same requirements as before, but can’t be the same one I previously used.

    It doesn’t make sense to me. No one can transfer money into or out of the account. All they can do is look up historical information. Such a complex sign in procedure seems to me to be way over the top.
  21. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I forced my credit card processor to send me paper statements, because try as I might, I could not get into their online system. While I was struggling to come up with a new password, the fleeting seconds they gave me before their temporary one would expire and I would have to start from scratch.


    So now, because it takes both them and my bank so long to post the monthly charges, I go for about a week and a half at the beginning of each month not knowing what my bank balance is exactly and filling out the register in pencil with an assumed number, which BTW, is always way off because they throw so many new charges in every month.

  22. stevens

    stevens CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    I saw on a TV game show once, they asked what was the most common password and the options were password, 123456 and iloveyou and they claimed it to be 123456. I have always seen password as #1 year after year.
  23. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    It'd that time of the year. CNN just released their list of the worst passwords of 2012. http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/25/tech/web/worst-passwords-2012/index.html?hpt=hp_bn5

    1. password
    2, 123456
    3. 12345678
    4. abc123
    5. qwerty
    6. monkey
    7. letmein
    8. dragon
    9. 111111
    10. baseball
    11. iloveyou
    12. trustno1
    13. 1234567
    14. sunshine
    15. master
    16. 123123
    17. welcome
    18. shadow
    19. ashley
    20. football
    21. jesus
    22. michael
    23. ninja
    24. mustang
    25. password1

    Pretty much the same as last year except Jesus has broken the top 25 this year making an appearance at #21. Ninja, welcome and mustang have also made the list. Among those dropping of of the top 25 are qazwsx (the two left columns on the keyboard), superman,654321 and passw0rd.

  24. couture's gallery

    couture's gallery PFG, Picture Framing God

    Mine is easy..it's " Iforgetit" OH, OH, now I'll have to change it to "Iforgotit" since you all know it now.
  25. David N Waldmann

    David N Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Roboform takes care of both those problems for you.

    You can generate passwords with certain parameters (you can't tell it to not use repeating characters, but you can just keep clicking "generate" as often as you like until you get a password that you want to use):

    And, it will remember any password entered, by site, and automatically fill in username and pw when you go to that site. It will also store your name, address, bank and CC info for filling forms.

    You can even use it as a sort of "favorites", as there is a toolbar in your browser and as you start typing it will show you a list of Passcards. When you see the one you want press Enter, and it goes to the page, fills in the fields and submits it for you.

    It also has "Safenotes" - a place to store notes about anything, like maybe info that you need for a site but isn't a field that can be filled in and saved.

    All this info is stored on your local hard drive and password protected by a Master Password. If you want, you can also set up an online account and have it synced to your computer, where you can also log in from any computer and access the info - handy for when you're at the in-laws and need something. You can also have it synced across multiple computers as well as handheld devices such as a phone or tablet.

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  26. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

  27. EllenAtHowards

    EllenAtHowards PFG, Picture Framing God

    So, do you guys have a lot of folks trying to break into your computer? Or your bank account? Or even your car?

    I know crime is totally random, but am I more likely to be struck by lightning?
  28. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    My Bad. I forgot to update this in 2012. I guess I was busy trying to remember the 3,456 passwords I use.

    But we go for 2012, the worst passwords of the year from http://splashdata.blogspot.com/2014/01/worst-passwords-of-2013-our-annual-list.html

    Rank Password Change from 2012
    1 123456 Up 1
    2 password Down 1
    3 12345678 Unchanged
    4 qwerty Up 1
    5 abc123 Down 1
    6 123456789 New
    7 111111 Up 2
    8 1234567 Up 5
    9 iloveyou Up 2
    10 adobe123 New
    11 123123 Up 5
    12 sunshine Up 2
    13 1234567890 New
    14 letmein Down 7
    15 photoshop New
    16 1234 New
    17 monkey Down 11
    18 shadow Unchanged
    19 sunshine Down 5
    20 12345 New
    21 password1 Up 4
    22 princess New
    23 azerty New
    24 trustno1 Down 12
    25 000000 New

    Some of the new ones have gotten really creative...............................NOT.
  29. David N Waldmann

    David N Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I'm guessing the author of the article was hacked and the blog changed. Maybe he needs a better password...
  30. Bob Doyle

    Bob Doyle SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    But he was using 1ReallyBadPassword! How did they guess it? That's 18 letters!
  31. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    And nobody seems to learn. Here is the updated list for 2016

    1 - 123456
    2 - password
    3 - 12345678
    4 - qwerty
    5 - 12345
    6 - 123456789
    7 - letmein
    8 - 1234567
    9 - football
    10 - iloveyou
    11 - admin
    12 - welcome
    13 - monkey
    14 - login
    15 - abc123
    16 - starwars
    17 - 123123
    18 - dragon
    19 - passw0rd
    20 - master
    21 - hello
    22 - freedom
    23 - whatever
    24 - qazwsx
    25 - trustno1
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  32. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    My passwords look like this, OH52k3V8odths I got fed up of my Microsoft passwords getting hacked, strangely enough nothing has been hacked since I went to this random system.
  33. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    The best way I find for good passwords mixed with both letters, numbers and, for example #)%! is:

    Using the key word "picture": P)I*C#T%U&R$e3 or P_I(C^T^U*r5e4 ....as as "reminder" for either or both of these, I would use "Pe"
    Using the key word "vacuseal": V$A!C#U&S@E#A!l9 or V&A#C^U*S$E$A#l- ....as a "reminder" for either or both of these, I would use "Vl"
    Using the key word "peterson": P)E#T%E#R$S@o9n6 or P_E$T^E$R%S$O)n9 .... as a "reminder" for either or both of these I would use "Pn"
    one more.... "encyclopedia" E#N^C#Y^C#C#O(P)E#D#I*a1 or E$N(C^Y&C^L_O)P_E$D%I(a3

    If a password had to be WITH number(s) and without +_)(*&^%$#@!, "picture" would be p0i8c3t5u7r4e3

    Type these out and you will see they all have a certain pattern. (Hint: The difference for example between P)I*C#T%U&R$e3 and P_I(C^T^U*R%e4 is "left" or "right"...)

    Getting in the habit of using any kind of "pattern" to make and remember it is simple. "picture" can also be "P)I*C#t5u7r4e3" or "p0i8c3t5U&R$E# or.......

    (The longer the word, the more secure you password would be.)
  34. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    Unfortunately there are no universal standards for passwords. The number of characters and types of characters vary widely. Some require upper and lower case, some don't. Some require special characters, others don't and some restrict special characters to a specific set. Some require numbers, some don't. Most have limits on the number of characters.
  35. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Last Pass makes passwords easier. I like it, but wonder about unforseen issues.
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  36. Pat Murphey

    Pat Murphey SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Any password can be hacked with decryption software. All of those special characters and numbers are simply ASCII codes just like any letter. The only thing that slows hacking down is the number of characters. A sentence that you can remember is just as valid as those random character passwords.
  37. Dirk

    Dirk CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    And here's an uplifting thought ... encryption's root word is crypt.
  38. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I use Roboform password manager. It has a generator where you can select the length and complexity (Upper Case, lower case, digits and Special Characters [and you can select which SCs you want, which is good, since some sites limit which ones are acceptable]).

    I generally use 12 characters as long as the site supports it.

    While I understand that all characters are just that, my supposition for making the password as complicated as possible is that many hackers will likely take the route of least resistance: words and short common phrases such as those in the "most common passwords" list. For one, it would seem foolish to me to go right to checking "e$Fa_%4D" rather than "password".

    While I use the password generator for most things, I do use easier to remember passwords for things where the password manager is not always easily accessible (for instance, if I want to be able to log in from a public computer, or sites that use pages/forms that are not recognized by Roboform and it won't save info). What I do is use a combination of numbers and words, and mix up the case. For instance, if I wanted to use my car as a password my 2006 Porsche Boxster could become 2)poRSchboXSteR)6.
  39. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God


    ** The password must contain at least one UPPER CASE letter.


    *** The password must contain at least one number.


    ** The password must contain at least one UPPER CASE letter.


    ** The password must contain at least one non-standard character


    ** The password must be at least 12 characters


    ** The password must not spell a word


    ** The password must not contain consecutive characters


    ** The password must not contain an ampersand


    *** That password is already in use.

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  40. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    And here we go with the list for 2018. Anyone seeing a pattern here. Must be a few republicans using #23.

    1. 123456
    2. password
    3. 123456789
    4. 12345678
    5. 12345
    6. 111111
    7. 1234567
    8. sunshine
    9. qwerty
    10. iloveyou
    11. princess
    12. admin
    13. welcome
    14. 666666
    15. abc123
    16. football
    17. 123123
    18. monkey
    19. 654321
    20. !@#$%^&*
    21. charlie
    22. aa123456
    23. donald
    24. password1
    25. qwerty123
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