Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:27 pm

Security is a warm blanket an obscure password

Via Maru, here are the 500 worst passwords of all time. (NSFW: language)

If you’re using any of them, change now. Crackers maintain lists like this that can be tried automatically in just a second or two.

I once used a couple of those on our old mainframe system at work. But when we switched over to a PC network, which required more complex passwords (upper- and lower-case letter PLUS punctuation mark PLUS number), I finally switched.


  1. There’s an entire sociological thesis waiting to be written (not by me, I should add) on the ranking of first-names and sports teams in that list . . .

    Oh, and in most large organisations password-sharing runs at about 35% of accounts, so even using something never likely to appear on this list is a waste of time if you then tell your workmates what it is . . . .

    Comment by Nick — Friday, January 2, 2009 10:45 am @ 10:45 am

  2. Good point, Nick. I’ve used weird things such as the serial number of the rirst bike I ever owned. Even that no longer fits the criteria. And I’ve never shared my work passwords with anyone, even my wife, when she worked here.

    Comment by Lex — Friday, January 2, 2009 11:19 am @ 11:19 am

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