Get Real Sweepstakes: Week #2 — Win an iPod Touch

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Imagine this: You have one key for every lock.

So this one key opens your front door, your back door, your car door, your storage locker, your safe deposit box… Sounds convenient, doesn’t it? Imagine how much time would save not having to fuss around for the right key when you’re coming home late in the dark.

But what if a thief got a hold of that one precious key? Everything you own would be at risk, which is why no one uses the 1-key solution for home security.

However, 1 out of 5 Internet users in Germany, Sweden and the UK use the same password for every online account from e-mail to credit cards to online banking. It’s convenient but it’s not smart

People do things online that they’d never do in the real world. A strong, unique password for every important account is crucial for your Internet security. That’s why we recommend this simple system to create and remember strong passwords.

That leads us to the question for this week’s giveaway: What is the worst password you have ever used?

Post your answer in the comments of this post for your chance to win an iPod touch 8 GB. Make sure you read the rules to this giveaway and please be sure not to post a password you’re still using.

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Good luck,

Sandra

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I think the worst one I’ve ever used is “password” – it was given to me by our IT department to use some company software. LOL

the worst password i used are
“123456”
“password”
my own name for my pc “shyam”
same username as password in gmail
“password123” if the site asks both numeric & alphabetical password..!! 😛 lol now it sounds funny

Worst password? Not using one!

Got my buddies stumped before cause they knew I always password protect my stuff!

I used 6 numbers once. Took about 2 weeks for a scrip-kiddy to hack my Yahoo! account. Lucky I didn’t have any sensitive info there, or that the hacker was more malicious!

the worst i’ve ever used has got to be my first name. in my defence,it was my uncle who set the password, but should’ve changed it sooner.

funny thing about it is, no one could figure it out.guess it was TOO easy for many people(at the time,anyway)

Wort password was right out of Spaceballs:
12345
“now somebody change the combination on my luggage”

I used to use 2, one for everything at college and work and one for home.

They where ‘hello’ and ‘letmein’. Sounds really stupid now, but things did’nt seem that bad years ago LOL.

Hm. I’ve used “password”, but maybe “me” was the worst of the lot. That was a long time ago…

I commonly use a random sequence of numbers and letters – and I usually forget them, since they are too complicated – so all my passwords are pretty bad in that sense

I’m not giving out the worst password I’ve used, because I still use it on all the Web sites that require registration that have none of my important or sensitive information.

The worst password I ever used was “Password”, when the login said “Please enter password”.

I’ve used what translates to ‘password’ in my native tongue in many places. Where it matters though, I try to come up with something wittier.

Off topic: your rules state that the e-mail should be answered in seven (3) days; which is it? 😉

For me , the worst password I have used, albeit many years ago, is a toss-up between the obligatory ‘password’, and ‘christmas’. Being young and uneducated, they seemed good at the time… If only Iknew then what I know now. lol

Worst password used is no password for Windows account, but for some actual text/numbers it is “qwerty” and “1234” that I deem the worst (none of those three mentioned are in use now).

‘password’ must be one of the worst, but I’ve used some other pretty bad ones too like my birth date, phone number etc. Luckily in the online world, I’ve been safe (knock on wood) from password problems. I’ve taken the time at one point to change all passwords to unique passwords in all services. One thing that helps me, is a personal (encrypted & protected) key-chain, which contains passwords (randomly generated) to all services which I don’t use on a daily basis. My key-chain contains 133 entries at the moment and that’s just my personal services!

The worst password that i used was 000000, 888888 or something to that effect. Totally useless. Now i know better and mix it up with letters, numbers, caps, etc and change my password every couple of months for greater security and peace of mind.

I honestly can’t think of a worst password that I have ever used. I have always been so paranoid about using unhackable passwords that I write mine down because even I won’t be able to remember them. I also change mine frequently. Its a pain in the butt but it seems to work for me. If I have to pick one that was bad…I’ll go with topmanbudshaluc555 which was the first three letters in each of my cats names in order that I got them.

Worst must have been using my debit card’s pin code for everything at one point. Ironically I was living in Sweden at the time, haha.

Have to agree on password being the worst, lots of business give you the word password to use until you change it to your own.

Don’t blame me, yet, that’s what I remember: lizstr
If you love your partner, you just think it is the greatest to use her name, or part thereof …
Upgraded since, both my password and devotion 🙂

Mein schlechtester Password war Name von meinen Bildschirm – konnte man immer schnell nachgucken. Leider auch nicht so schwer zu knacken – “SAMSUNG”. Tja, so war das früher.

The worst password I ever set was for the master key for .kdbx file of Keepass. After painstakingly entering all my passwords in the database during its first use I set a complex passphrase for the master key that was generated by the app itself. It was so complex that I couldn’t recollect it immediately and don’t remember even till now. I still have that .kbdx file hoping to recover it some day or if I recollect the password. 🙂

The first password to my first ever email was “secret” .. so every time someone asked me for my password, i tell them, “secret” .. and then they persist on asking me still, even though i just gave them the password! LOL

i used my first name, it was long enough but easily figured out. i got a program now that makes up passwords and i change them often. i had my itunes account stolen. changed my email and password. i got it back, but only after they stole $60. it was refunded. lesson learned.
zippy573 (AT) netscape (DOT) net

One of my first passwords was “qwerty”. I also STILL have a password that matches my username. Perhaps I should change it.

been a few worst passwords which i was forced to use before i switched to keepass (a brilliant utilty & free one too), since then all my passwords are of max (read insane!) length with a varied complexity.

amongst them “T3wp0r@ry” “P@s5w0rD” was the most common for those pesky logins which required a complex pass phrase.

hint: don’t bother i no more use them, just in-case if someone’s getting ideas!

worst password ever.. would be 4321. because I just thought that everybody uses 1234 and no one will ever think about the opposite. Other stupid ones would be.. nachos, turkey and mississippi because that one was long. :)))

My worst password ever was “asdfghjkl;'”. I used it because I could swipe my finger along the middle row of my keyboard and hit enter all in one. Quick and convenient, but so obvious (and loud) that everyone caught on after a few days!

I was asked to set a parental control software for when the litte brother was goin on the internet
Master password is his forname (howard), he still didn’t found it :o)

Worst password I use (and much worse, gave to others as an admin) is…
a (yep, only a)
But it’s only as the one time password only for the BlackBerry Entreprise Activation, and I set it only mere seconds before it’s use with the concerned person on the phone.

The worst one I have used was monkey. Not to good but it worked till I got smart enough to make a longer one with numbers. Hoping I can post. MCJunkie.

For years in work I used a password which was something like “xR5u0355fJ”. It always got past the company’s Password Security Audit. However, it was the original password which was given to me when I joined the company, was recorded in their records, was in my Joiners Pack, and was even written on a post-it on my notice board.

while still studying we fiddled with a UNIX system and one of the guys from our team had a password he changed every day (since we tried hacking each others accounts) …
thing is: on Friday the password was Friday, on Monday it was Monday, on … well you et the idea 🙂

I only know one of my passwords. I always tell friends never to use simple pw’s or write them on paper and to get a pw program.

The worst password I ever used was an old boyfriend’s name followed by his month & day of birth. I forgot about it when we broke up & he got into my email account everyday and was spying on all my communications. I found out when he got so mad about something I said about him in an email he called me about it, you never saw anyone close an email account so fast in their life as I did that day!! I learned from that point forward, to be less obvious when choosing passwords! Thanks so much for the chance to enter. I am also following on twitter and tweeting as @joannaonthelake

My worst password was:
Log:”Admin”
Pass:”Admin”
easy to type and remember but easy also to discover…

My worst password ever, was when I started out studying computing around 12 years ago, I just setup my first email account and when asked for a password I was looking at the keyboard and thought of the word fingers 🙂

I used my celebrity crush’s name in high school as my password, and I also had a screensaver up of the celebrity at the same time. Not my brightest idea!

Worst password would have to be 123456, this was the standard password all accounts were
reset to at work. The only problem, the same password was used for all 1000+ employees!

i remember back in the mid 90’s i use to use the website name & then would use my user name for the site, thankfully i never got pwned but i wised up quickly

It’s been so long since I haven’t used a strong password, it’s hard to recall for sure. I vaguely remember using my daughter’s name for a password on a site. Whether it was an email acct., or not, I’m not sure.

I now use such strong passwords, I write them down or print out a list. After awhile, I have my most used passwords memorized and never use the same one for another acct.

welcome was pw used when i first started in IT. Then we “changed” it up in 2000 to welcome2k. that was when i was an intern and had to follow.

Worst passord? 290189Sla0sd9l2 … Thank you auto-generatied password… now try to logging at work with that… 3 wrong you have to get another crazy password like that… you couldn’t change it for something of your choice . And yes this was one of the password I had to use…

The worst password I used was “iloveyou” (without quotes) in my Yahoo mail account. But lately realized after reading an article that the password I’ve been using is identical to millions of user. So, I changed it to more complex, hard-to-guess one.:0

My worst password i used was given by yahoo mail when i created my user. It was like this: “wean132dove425”. It was to long and to hard to remember, but i used it about 3 years…

My worst password i used is 1. Of course i used this @ work the LAN management and account of the network. But i did that only cause i was in a hurry. That wasn`t too hard to forget…

The simplest was: “Orlando” (my name)

for my email and the email consists in orlandosurname@…… (Now is changed)

ok– i used my name for my password, long enough but easy to figure out. and yes if you make stuff up as u go along make sure you write them down somewhere. unless you have a nosey family…

My worst password would have to be “Hello” and I used it for everything. I’m a bit wiser now!

i really really hope i win this Ipod touch as that is all my gransdon talks about ..he wants one for xmas..please pick me so i will be the “best mimi”

my worse password was mom

thanks for a great giveaway
el

The worst password I have ever used is: QWERTY.

Yes, very easy to remember. No, not very secure…

From the beginning I have considered that passwords should be hard to guess… but, for unimportant things I use simple combinations like: qaz, wsx, 123qwe, 2222 etc

the worst password that i’ve used was “i forgot it”. yeah i forgot it, coz its too long and i cant remember it… The worst password is the forgotten password..

HI

the worst being “username” “password” “000000” “999999” “admin” “pass” “dateofbirth”

The weakest password is used is “1”, but the worst really was when I include “spaces” at the end.

The worst password I ever used was a random 12 characters I copied from the code displayed by trying to view an image file in a text editor.
The form had one of those annoying/challenging Strong — Weak indicators. So I used something like “TþõˆÁÀÚ3šŽæî”.
My hard drive crashed before the next scheduled back up and I lost the file where I had saved it. 😀

My worst password was at work – same as my userid, which was also same as the first half of my email address…

I was the only IT guy in the company I worked before and had default password for all systems. It was “f**kyouall”.

So one day I fell ill. My boss called me for emergency and asked for the password. I told him the password. He was like “No no! I know you’re very sick, but this is very urgent!” And I repeat the password until I realised it sound really bad and he wasn’t so happy to hear that.

The next day I came to work spending whole morning changing password on all the systems. Generated and unique.

Lesson learnt.

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