The security of a password is a subject concerning almost every internet user, including all Skype users as well. In this article we will see a list of the 25 worst passwords for the year 2012. They are labeled the worst because they are the most common and therefore the easiest to guess. At the end of the post I will share a few tips for making your password more secure.
Where did this data come from anyway?
Maybe you are wondering (I know I did), how come there is a public list of the most popular passwords in the world. Did some companies released this sensitive information to the world? Actually they did but not willingly :).
The information is put together by www.splashdata.com. They used stolen data that was released publicly by hackers around the internet. After all, there were some major attacks this year that led to passwords being stolen from big sites like: Yahoo!, LinkedIn, eHarmony, Last.fm and more. (Splash Data and the hackers have nothing to do with each others of course).
Top 25 Worst Passwords for 2012
Tips for a more secure password
- Don’t use easy to guess passwords like: a name, a word, consecutive numbers, dates of birth, consecutive keys on the keyboard etc. One of the ways that hackers do their work is by using huge lists of common passwords or even dictionaries with all the words.
- Use a different password on every place you have an account (or at least on the important places).
- Don’t share your password with anyone. Especially with people that send you an email claiming there was some issue with your account and that you need to input your password somewhere. They try to make you think that they represent a given company (for example Skype) by making the same emails or even sites as the original company just so you can tell them your password or try to log in on their fake website (looks like the original but it has another URL address).
- Don’t write down your passwords on the computer (especially if the computer is not properly protected with a quality paid antivirus and firewall software. You can write them down on paper instead (on two places if you prefer).
- Use an antivirus program and a firewall.
Want to change your password in Skype?
Did this article made you want to change your password in Skype? If so you can see how to do that in this article.
Thanks to Adam Thomas from flickr.com for the picture with the hacker.