Passwords

I heard this on Good Morning America the other day and wondered how often people change their passwords.

“If you’re trying to protect your email or your bank account online, the dumbest password you can use is … “password.” This is according to SplashData, a California software firm that happens, among other things, to sell an app that helps you manage your passwords.

The list is one of those things that’s fun to poke through, but security people remind us that we’re more vulnerable online than we like to think, and sometimes we make it easy for the bad guys. Take a look, and if you use one of these, SplashData says it’s probably a good idea to change it.

1. password
2. 123456
3.12345678
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. passwOrd (The “O” is a zero here)
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football”

So, how often do you change yours? Do you have a different password for each place you visit online?

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14 Responses to Passwords

  1. mssc54 says:

    I usually change mine whenever it isn’t recognized in another forum.

  2. Sue says:

    I can’t give up my secrets 🙂

  3. Jenny says:

    I usually have 2 different ones

  4. Joy says:

    I’ve had the same basic one for years and years. It’s only since they started making them longer and making you add certain things that I have now 2 more. I don’t know how you’d keep track of a whole bunch of them. I’d be forgetting which one was for which thing.

  5. SKL says:

    I used to have several different ones. It gets hard to keep track of them. Now for most purposes, I use some variation of a certain theme. I use a completely different method for work. If I have to give a colleague my work password, I don’t want them having access to any of my personal stuff.

    Several of the sites I use require me to change my password periodically. This gets to be such a pain, because I automatically use the old password and pretty soon it kicks me out. Pretty soon it makes me change the password yet again. So much to remember. I hate to think what’s going to happen when dementia sets in.

  6. Nikki says:

    That’s funny that Bailey would be on there. That used to be a part of one of my passwords. I never changed mine much, and always kept it simple. UNTIL our computer got hacked. I changed all of them, and they’re all different. I have them written down somewhere safe, if I forget, and I have! They aren’t simple at all anymore!

  7. SKL says:

    I am also afraid of forgetting the different ones, so I try to log into most of the sites fairly often just to force myself to practice the passwords. Otherwise you end up getting banned for trying to hack into your own account.

    I can see myself logging in four times a day when I’m old and have worse memory problems, LOL.

    I’m afraid to keep a list of passwords around. Seems that would kind of defeat the purpose. Then again, I don’t exactly have a high degree of privacy around here.

    • Nikki says:

      I do have mine written down, and filed somewhere. Jason doesn’t even know where, and that’s just because it’s not important for him to know. I’m not worried about that. It’s not like anyone comes here anyway! But for you, I don’t know if I’d write them down.

      • Joseph says:

        I have a list on hardcopy that I am compiling with all my online/offline account including user names, security questions and passwords.
        I’ll keep it hidden and very secure with only a few people knowing where it is. Thought I better have that in case i kick the bucket. Make it easier for those left to figure out all my accounts.

        • SKL says:

          See, I thought about doing this, and then I thought, I would be compiling the list on my computer, and it would be there for anyone who stole/borrowed my computer. Alternatively, I could sit and write them all manually on a piece of paper and try to find a safe hiding place. But then with my luck, I would forget where I hid the paper anyway, and if I died, nobody would find it because it was so well hidden, LOL.

          I don’t have that many sites where I have a fancy password. It’s manageable for now. But I do wish they would stop making me change the passwords.

          • Joseph says:

            It is a pain always changing passwords, for each financial website. Now they want numbers, letters, both lower and upper case. I can hardly remember my own age…seriously! LOL!
            It is also a pain to keep my hard copy updated. But then it isn’t easy if I should pass away, for my family to retrieve all my information. I want them to get all the monies owed them from my financial/insurance accounts.

        • Joy says:

          I hate it when they make you change them too. I really hate when you need all kinds of different characters.

  8. Laura says:

    I’ve got a word document that has all of them on there. I’m not real worried, because my computer rarely leaves my house, and even if it does, it’s with me. It’s not like I travel with it, so I don’t think it’s that big a deal. I do periodically print out a hard copy of it and put it in our safe, so in case the computer crashes, I can retrieve all my passwords.

    I have several that I use, some are more intricate than others. some are basic, because I don’t much care about the site (non-financial websites). And i rarely change them. Yeah, I know I should. but I’m just not that ambitious.

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