20 January 2016
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Documents, emails, websites, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more – they all have one thing in common. Guess? Yes, its password, – I meant to say that all technology platforms need some or the other password for validation purpose. Can you take the risk of having a common password for all? Or to have the same password that your friends have? Logically, you shouldn’t and the reason hardly needs an explanation. We do understand the importance of having safe passwords, and the risk associated with not so secure passwords, but, on ground zero, things are not much different. Don’t agree? Here is the list of worst passwords of 2016 as compiled by a reputed password management applications company.

• 123456
• password
• 12345678
• qwerty
• 12345
• 123456789
• football
• 1234
• 1234567
• baseball
• welcome

• 1234567890
• abc123
• 111111
• 1qaz2wsx
• dragon
• master
• monkey
• letmein
• login
• princess

Remember, no amount of atonement can help you once your passwords slip into the hands of hackers. Recently, the website of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) that allocates domain names and IP addresses, got hacked and at the stake were consumers and businesses’ confidential information – username, emails, passwords, user preferences, interests, newsletter, subscriptions and more.

To cope with Internet vulnerabilities, the company has strengthened its algorithm; however, it couldn’t stop itself from issuing a note of caution to the website owners and respective users to adopt best password tips. Finding the best password generator tool is not a herculean task nowadays, but reliability is a looming concern. Hence, it’s better to resort on the manual way to generate strong passwords.
Understanding the gravity, this issue of Techvedic Blog is devoted towards the same to let you shield your digital technology arena.

How do hackers crack passwords?

We should first understand this, because unless we know the root causes, we can’t reach a conclusive solution of creating safe passwords. Some intrusive methods of password theft include:

Spam links

Perpetrators may send spam links to your email account or social media account. Hardly anyone would question that how they get access to email IDs or social media accounts. It’s pretty easy, because we easily divulge them – online and offline. They can resort to identity spoofing, i.e. impersonating as brands and individuals whom you trust. Hence, we should be sceptic a bit while clicking on links or opening any attachment coming via that.


As the name suggests, the Internet con may deceptively install such software on your system that can track your key-strokes and relay the password details or its patterns to its master. Unfortunately, perpetrators are getting smarter in terms of technology development. Certain keyloggers can stay active anonymously. They don’t appear in the Windows Task Manager or other similar lists. Hence, to keep your sensitive transaction secured, we recommend you to make use of virtual keyboard, and periodically get your PC scanned using a trusted antivirus or antispyware tool.

RAT (Remote Administration Tool)

Leveraging RAT, perpetrators can have a sneak peek into your system. They can access sensitive records and information from your hard disk. Hence, we recommend not to install such software, unless offered by some reliable vendors.

Password pattern to be avoided.

If we go by the list of worst passwords of 2016, we find Internet users are still not serious when it comes to creating passwords, thus leaving loopholes for being exploited. Hence, we must amend our habits, and create unique passwords, complex passwords and secure passwords that are hard to crack.

How to create strong passwords?

1. Use passwords or passphrases combining alphabets, numerals and special characters. The more variation you bring into it, the more it becomes challenging for culprits to guess and break into.
2. Avoid using same passwords or paraphrases for different accounts or websites.
3. Avoid repeating the password pattern once you change it.
4. Use trusted online password generator.
5. Use auto-fill form feature to automatically log into websites.

Techvedic’s suggestions may sound simple, but we firmly believe them to be the best password tips that can give you immunity against identity theft. Thanks for being with us, we’ll be back soon with more digital tips, news and updates, until then goodbye!

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