If the password to your computer network is PASSWORD, and you haven’t been hacked yet, you’re lucky. Unfortunately, even after all the news about identity theft and threats to our online security, many people still rely on passwords that are easy to remember, and thus ridiculously easy to guess. Online security firm Spiderlab says the most common passwords are still in use. The top 20:
123456, 111111, adobe1, 123456789, photoshop, macromedia, password, 123123, azerty, admin, 1234567890, iloveyou, 12345678, 000000, aaaaaa, qwerty, abc123, 654321, 1234567, & 1234
If you recognize your own password on this list, maybe it’s time you switched to another one, pronto. A strong password has the following characteristics: It should be at least eight characters long, should not contain your user name, real name, or company name, should not contain a complete word, should be significantly different from previous passwords, and should contain characters from each of the following four categories: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, & characters.