'Password' as a password a poor security choice

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 7:15pm EST

Morgan Slain, CEO, SplashData

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Passwords are often the last line of defense to an agency's network — and its data.

So if you're using some of the worst passwords in the world, it's time to stop.

Security firm SplashData, has compiled a list of the 25 worst passwords in the world, and CEO Slain Morgan joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss tips for choosing a strong, secure password.

The list of worst passwords was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers.

Some of the most common worst passwords: ""123456," "password" and, inexplicably, "monkey."

SplashData suggests making passwords more secure with these tips:

  • Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters. One way to create longer, more secure passwords that are still easy to remember is to use short pass phrases, such as "car_park_city?"

  • Avoid using the same passwords for multiple websites.
Click here for the full list of worst passwords.

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