Make Your Password Stronger!

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Earlier this year Splashdata published a list of the 25 most popular passwords of 2012. If you can see your Marketplace password below, it’s time you took a look at your account security.

The 25 most popular passwords of 2012

1. password
2. 123456
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

Why having a strong password important:
If you use a simple password or the same password for multiple accounts, the chances of someone gaining access to your details is much higher. To help you protect your accounts we have added a new password strength indicator on our sign-in page. You will notice that when you type in your password, a little coloured bar indicates if your password is weak, medium or strong. If it’s weak we will gently remind you to change it.

How you can make your password stronger:
It’s important to create a strong password that you won’t forget. You can start with a sentence or a few words that mean something important to you. You can remove the spaces between the words, turn words into shorthand or intentionally misspell a word. You can then add length with numbers that are meaningful to you after the sentence.

[Image credit to xkcd]

  • Adrian Try

    Awesome post, Carmen. I also found this Mactuts+ article by Marius Masalar very helpful: In Search of the Ultimate Password.

  • barat

    Pretty smart but … even if attacker will use dictionary method for word, word+word, word+word+word etc … he doesn’t know which language I’ve used for password 😉 For example I can use Polish, English or 3-4 words from a song in other language which I doesn’t know but I know the song 😉 There are lot of methods to memorize it :)

    PS. Found a nice tables:

  • Josh Mallard

    Will definitely be changing my approach to passwords now.

    Even so, with the way many sites handle password resets if someone can find a single weakness they can eventually penetrate any account you have. I found this article to be a little unnerving