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The 32 most popular passwords

Post by Darth Wong » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:12 pm

http://www.thestar.com/news/sciencetech ... get-hacked

From the article, based on 32 million passwords which were stolen from the Rockyou! website by a hacker, we can compile the 32 most popular passwords:
  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789
  4. password
  5. iloveyou
  6. princess
  7. rockyou (yes, the domain name of the website)
  8. 1234567
  9. 12345678
  10. abc123
  11. nicole
  12. daniel
  13. babygirl
  14. monkey
  15. jessica
  16. lovely
  17. michael
  18. ashley
  19. 654321
  20. qwerty
  21. iloveu
  22. michelle
  23. 111111
  24. 0
  25. tigger
  26. password1
  27. sunshine
  28. chocolate
  29. anthony
  30. angel
  31. FRIENDS (yes, all caps)
  32. soccer
Yes, people are really that stupid.

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Re: The 32 most popular passwords

Post by onehundredandtwo » Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:24 am

Actually, there was a similar article done on the passwords stolen in 2009. Most of the passwords that were cracked would have been easy-to-guess passwords and passwords used before phpBB.com converted to phpBB3.
http://www.darkreading.com/blog/archive ... sword.html

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Post by Techie-Micheal » Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:35 am

Websites need to start forcing people to use more complex passwords. It says a lot about a website if "0" is in the list of the top 32 passwords ...
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Post by Sam » Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:25 am

Techie-Micheal wrote:Websites need to start forcing people to use more complex passwords. It says a lot about a website if "0" is in the list of the top 32 passwords ...
I can't remember the last website I was on where you are allowed a password one character long.

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Post by Techie-Micheal » Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:22 pm

SyntaxError90 wrote:
Techie-Micheal wrote:Websites need to start forcing people to use more complex passwords. It says a lot about a website if "0" is in the list of the top 32 passwords ...
I can't remember the last website I was on where you are allowed a password one character long.
Well, apparently Rockyou! is one of those websites. :P And I've seen others that allow it as well, so they aren't alone in that mistake.
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Re: The 32 most popular passwords

Post by Brf » Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:28 pm

In computer classes we always used

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P@ssw0rd
Very secure.... Contains upper and lower case letters, a number, and punctuation.

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Re: The 32 most popular passwords

Post by Techie-Micheal » Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:38 pm

Brf wrote:In computer classes we always used

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P@ssw0rd
Very secure.... Contains upper and lower case letters, a number, and punctuation.
Very secure, except that you just told us what it was. :P
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Post by Cpt. Blackbeard » Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:06 pm

Hey, how did you get a copy of my password list? :D
Passwords will always be the weakest link. If you have a lot of them you either keep them simple, bad, or you write them down, bad. Either method is a security risk, the second just limits it to whoever finds your list.

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Post by Techie-Micheal » Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:36 pm

Cpt. Blackbeard wrote:Hey, how did you get a copy of my password list? :D
Passwords will always be the weakest link. If you have a lot of them you either keep them simple, bad, or you write them down, bad. Either method is a security risk, the second just limits it to whoever finds your list.
Or, you can have a scheme like some of us do to have memorable passwords and complex passwords. My stronger passwords are 16+ characters in length, but I can still remember them. They have upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuation. Now, I'm not saying the way I do it is the best way, but it works, the passwords (well, the non-throwaway) are complex, long, and I don't have to worry about them. My point is, there is a third option. :)
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Post by Cpt. Blackbeard » Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:53 pm

There's no way I could remember a large number of complex passwords, and most people have well over a dozeb or two to keep track of.

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Post by Techie-Micheal » Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:37 pm

Cpt. Blackbeard wrote:There's no way I could remember a large number of complex passwords, and most people have well over a dozeb or two to keep track of.
That's why you come up with a scheme to remember them. ;) Some people create passwords based off of the domain name and other things. I use other methods, and they work for me. They aren't the best, but they work.
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Post by Erik Frèrejean » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:08 pm

Cpt. Blackbeard wrote:Hey, how did you get a copy of my password list? :D
Passwords will always be the weakest link. If you have a lot of them you either keep them simple, bad, or you write them down, bad. Either method is a security risk, the second just limits it to whoever finds your list.
Or you use a password manager which keeps track of all your passwords but encrypts them. That way you only need to memorize one strong password to unlock the manager. Of course it isn't bullet proof, but it allows me to use complex++ passwords (for things like online banking) and I don't have to remember them :P
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Post by god0fgod » Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:10 am

I find myself clicking "Forgot password?" a bit. XD

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Re: The 32 most popular passwords

Post by Kim_Possible » Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:15 am

I personally use a password manager (KeypassX) as Erik Frèrejean described but if I had to choose between:
Cpt. Blackbeard wrote: you either keep them simple, bad, or you write them down, bad.
I'd write them down. For me, "physical security" is probably much less of a risk than having my accounts compromised by someone guessing/brute forcing my weak but memorable passwords. This was probably not the case when I had roommates, lived in the dorm, etc.

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Post by A_Jelly_Doughnut » Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:16 am

Not only is there the concern of weak passwords that everyone knows like "qwerty" and "password", but there is also the set of weak passwords that are unique to you.

I'm sure it is a common experience for someone to see a Facebook or Twitter message that was not posted by the person who owns the account. Often something along the lines of
Richard Clarke loves men!
One of my friends whom this happened two is a Republican bodybuilder from California. Guess what his Facebook password was?

I think this is also evidenced with all the proper names on the top 32 list in the OP. Set your password to your (girl|boy)friend's first name.
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