Network Security is as strong as your nearest idiot

Posted on: December 4th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments

Yesterday a list was released of the top 25 most commonly used passwords and the results were shocking!!!

What we have to remember is that your network security, your company data, your corporate secrets, your personal information and accounts data are all protected by one thing, your password. If this is weak, there is little point in anything else.

Take a look at the list below of the top 25 most common online passwords :

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. abc123
  5. qwerty
  6. monkey
  7. letmein
  8. dragon
  9. 111111
  10. baseball
  11. iloveyou
  12. trustno1
  13. 1234567
  14. sunshine
  15. master
  16. 123123
  17. welcome
  18. shadow
  19. ashley
  20. football
  21. jesus
  22. michael
  23. ninja
  24. mustang
  25. password1


How many of those could you have guessed? How many of those have you used? How long do you think it would take to compromise your whole network with just this short list?

Secure passwords combine elements of the four major categories and be over 6 characters long

  • Uppercase
  • Lowercase
  • Numbers
  • Symbols


Although the best passwords are randomised its not that hard to create a reasonably secure password. how about a few of these:

  • Turtle83£
  • Kettle28$
  • 28Tomato?
  • *Water94
  • %corriefan58


Next time you create your password, take a moment to think and remember that it could be protecting your personal details, Name, Address, Bank account, National Insurance Number.

If you have concerns about your companies I.T. Security contact Tetrabyte I.T. Support and ask about our Managed Support Services