There was a great scene in a movie or TV show where the nerd hacker was trying to access the secret files of the bad guy. He said it could take days… and then he started trying different combinations. His name backwards, no. His name and wifes name, no. His name and wifes birthday, no. Anyway, just by knowing some background on the person he cracked the password easily.
OK, yes it was fiction, but I’ll bet a dedicated hacker might be able to guess your password.
Is it on this list?
- Your middle name
- Your Name spelled backwards
- Phone numbers
- The word “password”
- You kid’s birthday
- Single or combination uses of love, god, sex, and money, such as lovemoney or sexgod
- car license
The indispensable Lorelle at Word Press says that these are the most commonly used passwords! But she also writes at length about how to make your password more secure.
With all of the hype over security vulnerabilities and patches, virus scanning programs, firewalls, and protecting passwords and usernames, people are still really stupid when it comes to choosing and disclosing their usernames and passwords.
The strongest passwords are created with letters and numbers, or even with characters such as !@#$%*(). There are also a variety of free online programs that will help you create a complex and not easily broken password. Unfortunately, remembering such passwords is more challenging.
She goes on to give some excellent tips on creating a secure – but easy to recall password.
A password is like a toothbrush: Choose a good one and don’t share it.
Heres some old fun posts
- Scratching Records and Making Up Words I spent six hours today scratching records and making up passwords. Thanks Heartbleed. What a pain in the tookus. I'm guessing productivity took a nosedive around the world as people stopped to change the elebenty eleben passwords on sites they have long since stopped visiting. In the six hours I spent today, I changed passwords on about a dozen different accounts. Why so few? Because I used tough passwords to begin with - especially where there is a credit card or money involved. So I mistyped a few of the original passwords, so I had to recover the original password and then go in and reset a new password. Since the new ones were tough also, I would mistype them and a couple accounts locked me out because I only got three chances. And then there is the credit card security where they need your user name, a site key, then password... I mucked those up pretty good sometimes. Some sites require an uppercase letter, numbers and special character. Others DO NOT allow numbers or special characters! I think I'll give LastPass.com another look. I probably have hundreds of sites to go, but I think I got all our money covered. If they gain my password to http://dogswithcones.tumblr.com/ or similar silliness, I think I'll be OK. What a pain the behind.
- Yep, I Was On the Yahoo Hacked Email and Password List Not a good way to start the day... from an email from Yahoo! You may have read in press reports that Yahoo! recently confirmed an older file containing approximately 450,000 email addresses and passwords—provided by writers who had joined Associated Content prior to May 2010—was publicly posted on the Internet. This file was a standalone file that was not used to grant access to Yahoo! systems and services. This message is being sent to an email address in this compromised file. I signed up with Associated Content once just to poke around and see what they did. I don't know what password I used. But my user name was on the list (here)If you don't want to click that link, just Google search Yahoo passwords hacked and look for a link to follow. ...and like many, I used the same password often - but with different user names - on a lot of different websites. A LOT... Heads Up If you get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org and you think it is suspicious. DON'T OPEN IT. I never use that email address. NEVER. Even before I signed up for Gmail, I used a different email address. Never used Yahoo.com email. But - a favor - if you get an email from email@example.com, please let me know at my gmail.com account: GoingLikeSixty@gmail.com. Thanks. I've changed a ton of passwords already today and revoked privileges to a ton of others. Oh joy. Living in Costa Rica sets off a ton of red flags under normal circumstances, now we have to deal with this. BTW: Amazon.com has been the only proactive (so far) website to alert me that my name was on the list. They went ahead and changed my password. Kudos to Amazon.com. UPDATE: Kudos to Hulu.com too... We want to protect our users from any difficulties resulting from Yahoo's breach, so we have disabled your current password as a precautionary measure in case you used the same one on both sites. Because of this, you will need to create a new password to access your Hulu account. You can easily do so one of two ways:
- My Double Secret Password Just Showed Up As CAPTCHA! The one I use for important things, bank accounts, etc. Not the one that everybody knows so they can read my email, and login to sites I like to play with. What are the chances? Will I change my password? Nah. It's probably where I came up with it in the first place. Technorati Profile
- Pantyless Preacher’s Wife Post is Password Protected Yeah! Pantyless. Preacher's. Wife. wrote a password protected post. Woo hoo! The things you find when you subscribe to the WordPress.com random RSS feed. I can understand a pantyless preacher's wife wanting to go private - probably some lewd account of bumping uglies with The Studman. I like challenges, so I tried to guess her password. ICU noskivvies commando britney cooter vajayjay None of those worked. So I moved on. I had commented on another of her posts and so had someone else, so I clicked on Jammie J's link. Boing! The whole blog is password protected! Had I fallen into the black hole area of blogging? How do I explain this to my best half? I have been interneting a long time, reading blogs long enough. But I had never run into a password protected post - let along a whole blog that was password protected. That really piqued my curiosity so I emailed PPW and asked permission to enter. To set the proper tone, this is what I wrote: >I certify I am old enough - but probably not mature enough to handle > your password protected site. > this is the first password protected post I have read on the innerwebs > since I have been blogging. > Wooo hooo! This was her response: >Oh how funny! I don't think I'm mature enough either! > > (redacted) is the password, I protect it so anyone who knows me can't read >the more personal things I write about. I know for a fact two of my kids read > my blog! lol. I read the post and it was personal, but as you probably figured out, she writes a G rated blog. First let’s give the basics, I’m 37, married for almost 18 years, and have 5 children. That part was easy. My adorable husband, who will be known from now on as The Studman, is the pastor of a small rural church here in the southeast. The Pantyless part? She explains it in detail. Jammie J. was equally as forthcoming and set me up with a user name and password so I could read about her "journey." I haven't read much, skimmed a few posts, and like what I read. I didn't ask why she is totally private, and I won't betray her confidence. If you want to read her site, all you have to do is ask. Tell her I sent you. Disappointed? Not in the least. It's refreshing to run across a preacher's wife who has such a great sense of humor. Should be fun to follow and probably will end up in my blogroll. Jammie J leads such a different life than mine, I don't know that we will have much in common.
- Twitter banned password list surprisingly sexual and names… Twitter has a list of passwords that are banned. A couple blogs have posted the list, or you can see it for yourself if you're geeky enough: If you'd like to see the full, original list, just open up the source code of https://twitter.com/signup with your favourite browser, search for "twttr.BANNED_PASSWORDS" and you'll find the entire list. Names are very popular as Twitter banned passwords. Persons, people, places, things are represented. But shockingly, Twitter banned passwords are sexual in nature. Of course, you are interested in the banned passwords of a sexual nature, aren't you! So, Freudian inclusions and all, here is the alphabetical list in the free form verse with which the writers of erotica are so enamored. Action! Amateur, arsenal badboy bitches. Biteme blazer blonde. Blondes blowjob, "blowme Brazil." Cheese Coffee College. "Cumming!" Cumshot. Diamond Doctor doggie? Dragon dreams, driver. Erotic extreme forever fucked. "Fucker, fucking , fuckme!" "Fuckyou, freedom hammer hardcore." "Helpme! Hooters horney. Hotdog hunter hunting." "Iloveyou, Iwantu killer knight." Ladies leather legend letmein little lovers. Magnum, Marlboro-master matrix member; midnight mistress monkey monster. Mountain naked naughty nipple nipples. Panties player please private purple pussies. Rabbit racing rainbow rocket runner sexsex. Shaved slayer squirt srinivas suckit tester. Testing theman tigers? Superman sticky stupid! Success thunder trouble, trustno1 United vagina viking voodoo voyager Yellow welcome, whatever? Warrior winner willie wizard!!! ----------------- You're welcome. Now for the other banned passwords, aside from strings numbers, such as six ones or 12345678, seven sevens. Meaningless letters like six a's, and gibberish combos of letters and numbers: abc123, far and away the most popular banned Twitter passwords are: Names of a person, place or thing... albert alexis amanda andrea andrew angela angels anthony apollo apples arthur ashley august austin bailey banana barney baseball batman beaver beavis bigdaddy bigdog birdie bond007 bonnie booboo booger boomer boston brandon brandy braves bronco broncos bulldog buster butter butthead calvin camaro cameron canada captain carlos carter casper charles charlie chelsea chester chicago chicken cocacola compaq computer cookie cooper corvette cowboy cowboys crystal dakota dallas daniel danielle debbie dennis diablo dolphin dolphins donald eagles eagle1 edward einstein falcon fender ferrari firebird florida flower flyers freddy gandalf gateway gators gemini george giants ginger gordon gregory gunner hannah harley heather hockey iceman jackie jackson jaguar jasmine jasper jennifer jeremy jessica johnny johnson jordan joseph joshua junior justin lakers lauren london maddog madison maggie marine martin marvin matthew maverick maxwell melissa mercedes merlin michael michelle mickey miller monica morgan mother muffin murphy mustang nascar nathan newyork nicholas nicole oliver packers panther parker patrick peaches peanut phantom phoenix pookie porsche prince princess rachel raiders ranger rangers rebecca redskins redsox redwings richard robert rosebud samantha sammy samson sandra saturn scooby scooter shadow shannon sierra skippy smokey snoopy sophie spanky sparky spider steelers steven summer sunshine sydney taylor teresa thomas tiffany tigger tomcat topgun toyota travis tucker turtle twitter victor victoria walter william wilson winston xavier yamaha yankee yankees winter And of course the always popular Other Twitter banned passwords animal football fishing golden golfer guitar internet orange pepper rush2112 russia scorpio scorpion secret silver soccer startrek starwars surfer swimming tennis thx1138 So if you are using these passwords anyplace other than Twitter, you might want to reconsider and change your password - or at least make up a fun combination. Hint: ThisIsMyPassword2DoNotYouse, is probably too long.