Every year, Splash Data reveals its list of the year’s most commonly used passwords. This year the usual suspects, like “123456” and “password”, are, again at the top of the list. I had to grin that “starwars” has made its way to the list this year at #16. Funny. I would have that guessed that #diejarjardie would rate higher.
If you’re reading this blog, I’m guessing you already have a good password system and are not using any of these rubish passwords. Your family and friends, however, are most likely using lots of them. If you are spending time with some of the damned over the holidays, send them the Splash Data list and try to get through to them just how dangerous these common passwords are. I’ve been using 1Password since it launched and that’s a good recommendation (use this link for 20% off) but regardless of what system you put them on, put them on something.