Internet Security. What does that mean for a normal everyday internet user?

We know with business, IT security means firewalls and IT people. But for an everyday user, it typically means more simply: secure passwords.

SplashData put out a list of the most popular/worst passwords. The funny part about this list is there really shouldn’t be that many people with the same passwords.

Here’s what’s on the top of the most popular/worst password list:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. abc123
  5. qwerty
  6. monkey
  7. letmein
  8. dragon
  9. 111111
  10. baseball

And that’s just the top ten. Some of the others in the top 25 include “iloveyou” “trustno1” “jesus” and “ninja.” At least those people got a little more creative than “password.”

If your password happens to be among this list than you have a higher risk of your accounts being hacked. When hackers create programs, they go after the most obvious passwords first. If your password was on that list, the best thing for you to do is change it. Immediately.

When changing it, keep these guidelines in mind for creating a more secure password:

  1. Mix a combination of letters and numbers
  2. Do not use your birthday or SSN
  3. If the site allows it, use special characters (ie. * & # @ ! ? $). Try to use them in a word too, (ie st@r or $t@r)

Pretty much the key is to make a password hard to guess. Spell a word backwards or use one of your phrases. If you have to write down the password and can easily forget it, chances are it’s a good, strong, password.