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Passwords not to use

Passwords are a necessary evil, and I've written before about how to make them more secure - the basic rules are

  • don't to tell anyone what they are,
  • use words and numbers together,
  • don't write them down (really - never do it) and
  • have two sorts of regularly used passwords - a complex one for important sites (banking, tax, money generally) and another simple one for general, non-fiscal use.

DON'T use one of the top ten passwords that PC Magazine claim are the most commonly used.  I don't know how they found out, because you are not supposed to admit what your password is to anyone, but here they are:

myspace 1
password 1
(your first name)

If you are using any of those I recommend you change.


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Reader Comments (1)

'Don't write them down.' So, please, tell me how I can remember them. We're also told not to have the same password for different things. I have at least eight different ones (email accounts, bank, investments, etc.) and I do write them down - several would be lost to me if I didn't.
July 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

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