Some of the worst, but most common, and therefore most easily guessable passwords are:
But the absolute hands down winner in the Imperva report, Consumer Password Worst Practices, was the notorious:
Passwords should be easy to remember but hard to guess. For examle, you could take two names that would never be found together in any dictionary.
- JolieCroft (Name of a great actress in her finest role)
Yet its always a good idea to mix in numbers or special characters. A password like this, T%kj)9jX is really hard to guess, and super tough to remember. The key to making a great password - and remembering it - is to have fun!
- I1l9s6s2 (first letters of "I love star trek" intermixed with a 4-digit number)
- I!L(S^[email protected] (the same as above, but holding down the shift key)
Even simple words and phrases may be made much better by substituting CAPs and special characters for regular letters. (These might be a little too obvious, but you get the idea.)
- [email protected]
All of these passwords are excellent. They have the key characteristics of being hard to guess and easy to remember. Plus they bring a smile to your face
- Avoid words or phrases written plainly
- Mix in capitals and special characters
- Make it fun!