There are many examples of passwords that have been used that are simply poor choices by computer users. Be diligent and avoid being caught by hackers and scammers.

The following passwords have been made up and used often on hackable websites:

 

111111

12345678

abc123

password

 

You know that these are extremely weak passwords but there are still many computer users who persist with these poor choices. It all comes out publicly when a popular website gets hacked.

So, you may ask, what is a good password?

A strong password must be hard to guess and should be lengthy. A unique password is one with:

  • Several syllables
  • Uses upper and lower case letters
  • Includes a mix of letters, numbers and symbols

The top five passwords from 11 million Ashley Madison users: 123456, 12345, password, DEFAULT, 123456789.

 

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We often get asked by people, “should I write my password down?”

Ideally, the answer is no. If you absolutely must, guard it like you would your wallet. Also do not send it in an email message anywhere and do not store it on your computer. If you would like to store it digitally, use a password manager like LastPass.

And, remember to change your password for different websites and applications. Do not use the same password repeatedly! Apparently, Canadians are some of the worst in the world for password re-use. If you suspect your account has been compromised, change your password immediately and contact your system administrator.