We all know we should have a good password. We also know we should change it often. The problem is, there are too many passwords, and I don’t want to keep with up with all of them!

Some of us are worse at this than others. Here is a list of the 10 most common passwords;

123456
12345
123456789
Password
iloveyou
princess
rockyou
1234567
12345678
abc123

If you have any of these passwords, you should change it fast.

Last year Sony’s online music and movie systems were hacked and 37K user accounts where revealed. Just using the passwords from those 37K accounts we found that the most common ones were;

seinfeld
password
123456
princess
peanut
shadow
ginger
michael
sunshine
tigger
bailey

Any password that uses words found in a dictionary are easily hacked with a simple “dictionary attack” they just try your username with every word in the dictionary. This works for over 50% of passwords.

There is an easier way to create secure passwords, and not rack your brain with remembering them all.
Start with a base password that is not a real word.

Lupischeluck

Then add some numbers on the front for non financial websites (blogs, Pandora, netflix, warranty registration, etc).

So for those accounts you may have 8727Lupischeluck

Then add a few numbers and symbols to the end for financial websites (banking, credit cards, loans, investments, etc.) Now you have 8727Lupischeluck%#)

Here is the real secret. Vary the numbers in the front and the back using a technique unique to you. You can have as many numbers as vowels int he name of the company, or have as many symbols as many times as the letter a appears. Whatever personal encryption you use, make it hard to guess and keep it private.

How you have secure passwords for everywhere and all of them are unique.