• Close, but no cigar. The most common BUSINESS password is 'Password1' (from the 2012 Global Securty Report by Trustwave). It has a capital letter, a number and at least 8 characters to meet the minimum password complexity requirements.

    There is a great deal of debate re: the most common PERSONAL password. Depending on the software, the situation and the password requirements (if any). Some of the top entries: 123456 (winner for Gmail and Hotmail), 1234, 12345678, abc123, password, qwerty, monkey, letmein, baseball, and [username or nickname].

    Bottom line: if you value your privacy, and want to keep people out - please make at least a minimal effort to select a decent password.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:37 a.m.
  • the most-used password is "password1"

    haven't had an account hacked, but once got a trojan that changed the password to my facebook and email account. i was able to create a new facebook account and have the other one deleted, but i never did get the email account back.

    what's surprising is just how many people we know where the only way we have of contacting them is through email. i actually lost four or five acquaintences that way because i just could never email them back.

    April 2, 2012 at 6:16 a.m.
  • Never never never open any email that came from a person or place you don't know or didn't request. A lot of time people buy something on the web and they automatically start getting these stupid emails from that company. All companies are required to have a relatively easy way to unsubscribe from these emails.

    The worst offenders on the web are the folks that think it's neat to forward chain emails to everyone on the planet. These things are like a virus just waiting to infect everything they touch. Delete them immediately and never forward that junk.

    Good advice on not emailing your passwords around. Especially if you write "password" in the subject area.

    April 1, 2012 at 9:38 p.m.
  • I use leet spelling and typed backwards.

    So a password like leet would be t33l

    April 1, 2012 at 8:58 p.m.