10,000 Most-Used Passwords
Simple passwords are a bad idea. It’s one thing if you have a simple password to log onto your computer at home (still not a good idea). It’s quite a different thing to have a simple password to get into your e-mail… or your Amazon account… or your bank!!
There are two common attack methods to crack a password. One is a dictionary attack. This uses a
list of passwords. A program simply cycles through the passwords until it finds one that works. The second common attack method is “brute force”. A brute force attack tries all combinations of characters until it hits one that works. These attacks are why your online accounts might be locked out after a number of failed logons.
Here, according to the author, is a list of the 10,000 most-used passwords. He claims that 99.8% of all user passwords are in this list. Make sure yours is not on this list! As you can imagine, a dictionary attack will certainly include all of these.
The 10,000 Most-Used Passwords
Here’s the list: https://xato.net/passwords/more-top-worst-passwords/
14 Jan 2021: Post updated to include links to new company pages on Social Networks.