Category Archives: Security Tips

The Top 500 Worst Passwords of All Time!

There are some interesting passwords on this list that show how people try to be clever, but even human cleverness is predictable. For example, look at these passwords that I found interesting: ncc1701 The ship number for the Starship Enterprise thx1138 The name of George Lucas’s first movie, a 1971 remake of an earlier student […]

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List of 106 passwords that BlackBerry will not let you use on their platform

  123456 12345678 123abc a1b2c3 aaaaaa abc123 abc123 abcdef amanda andrew angel asdfgh august avalon bandit barney baseball batman biteme brandy buster butthead calvin canada changeme chelsea coffee computer cowboy diamond donald dorothy dragon eeyore falcon fishing football freedom fuckme fuckyou gandalf george harley hello helpme hockey iloveyou internet jennifer jonathan jordan letmein maggie marina […]

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Passwords easy to guess part 1

Password strength checkers typically demands to include an uppers case, lower case character, and a numeral. As a result, a large number of users , some what predictably ,starts their password with an upper case, continue with lower case throughout, and append the digit 1 at the end. This predictability in terms of user behavior […]

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Interactive brute force search space calculator

  Every password you use can be thought of as a needle hiding in a haystack. After all searches of common passwords and dictionaries have failed, an attacker must resort to a “brute force” search – ultimately trying every possible combination of letters, numbers and then symbols until the combination you chose, is discovered. If […]

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Which of the following two passwords is stronger, more secure, and more difficult to crack?

Which of the following two passwords is stronger, more secure, and more difficult to crack? D0g………………… PrXyc.N(n4k77#L!eVdAfp9 You probably know this is a trick question, but the answer is: Despite the fact that the first password is HUGELY easier to use and more memorable, it is also the stronger of the two! In fact, since […]

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For Passwords Complexity Definitely Helps But Length is Still Better

Whenever we are requested to create a password, many places talk about creating complex passwords that include upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols (punctuation). They may also require a minimum length of the password, such as 8 characters. While creating complex passwords is a good start, it doesn’t always guarantee the most secure […]

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With the proliferation of online applications, users find it hard to remember passwords

With the proliferation of online applications, users find it hard to remember passwords and follow the easy way of using the same password for all the accounts – social media, banking, brokerage and other business accounts. This ‘single master-key’ practice makes the hackers doubly happy. Their job gets greatly simplified. Identity theft at one place […]

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Most importantly, you need to be changing your passwords frequently

The longer your password remains the same, the more at risk you are for someone cracking it. Popular sites like those run by Gawker Media are not impervious to security breaches, so hostiles could be spending a lot of time and CPU or GPU cycles trying to crack your password. Even worse, as we’ve learnt […]

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Some statistics based on the analysis of Yahoo/Linkedin leaks.

You can click on the infographic image to see some statistics based on the analysis of Yahoo/Linkedin leaks. Read More

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Use Truly Random Passwords

Use multiple unrelated words for your strong, long password: Using a passphrase is more secure and more memorable than complicated but shorter passwords, as web comic Xkcd pointed last year. Longer and simpler passwords trump shorter and more complex ones—but only if the words you use are truly random. If you’re using a common quote […]

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