Time to Change Your Password? Each year,

Time to Change Your Password?

Each year, SplashData publishes a list of the most common passwords. This list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. Users of any of these passwords are the most likely to be victims in future breaches.

The top three passwords, “password,” “123456,” and “12345678,” did not change from 2011. New for 2012 were “welcome,” “jesus,” “ninja,” “mustang, ” and “password1.”

Here is the list of worst passwords of 2012

1. password
2. 123456
3. 12345678
4. abc123
5. qwerty
6. monkey
7. letmein
8. dragon
9. 111111
10. baseball
11. iloveyou
12. trustno1
13. 1234567
14. sunshine
15. master
16. 123123
17. welcome
18. shadow
19. ashley
20. football
21. jesus
22. michael
23. ninja
24. mustang
25. password1

The company advises anyone using any of these passwords to change them immediately.
Here are tips to make your passwords more secure:

• Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters. Think about using short words that are easy to remember with spaces or other characters separating them. For example, “eat cake at 8!” or “car_park_city?”

• Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites. This is especially true if you are using the same password for entertainment sites that you do for online email, social networking, and financial services. Use different passwords for each new website or service you sign up for.

• Consider using a password manager application that organizes and protects passwords and can automatically log you into websites. There are numerous applications available, but choose one with a strong track record of reliability and security.

About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.