In October, hackers stole sensitive information for 3 million uses from Adobe. It was released that the top 3 passwords used on Adobe were:
As we read about breaches at various companies like Adobe, ADP, Facebook, and LinkedIn, having a secure password becomes more and more important. (And the 3 listed previously, are not secure by any definition.) Common methods of password cracking include dictionary attacks, pattern checking, and word list substitution. But how do they work and what passwords are the most vulnerable?
Here are 5 of the worst choices for passwords:
- A word found in a dictionary (English or foreign)
- The name of family, pets, friends, co-workers, or popular characters
- Birthdays, addresses, and phone numbers
- Any of the above spelled backward
- Any of the above preceded or followed by a number
It may be obvious, but in addition to avoiding weak passwords, NEVER give anyone your password – ever. Not over the phone, email, tweet or text.