While IT departments are always harping on its users to choose better more secure passwords this tends to go out the window when it comes to personal security. In businesses, IT administrators have the ability to enforce password policies that make users choose better passwords. The only problem with restrictions like this is that if they are set too high users just wind up writing the password down which defeats the purpose entirely…
SplashData a company that did a report on the weakest passwords this year said that many of the most commonly used passwords last year are the same this year! That means users are not getting the point.
It is absolutely vital that you use complex passwords for everything you do online these days. Your passwords should be changed regularly as well. The most common weak passwords which actually have not changed since years past are: password, 123456, and 12345678.
If you are interested in seeing what else made the most common weak passwords click here.