"Imperva reveals top 20 passwords"
"A California company has found that computer users consistently choose weak passwords, with the most common one being 123456."
"The second-most common password is 12345, followed by 123456789. And the fourth most common password is "password."
"You can see where this is going."
"The report by California internet security firm Imperva concludes many people choose passwords that could be easily hacked, and they've been making bad password choices for nearly two decades."
"The firm compiled the report after getting access to 32 million passwords that had been posted briefly to the internet in a major security breach in December. A hacker posted them to the internet after hacking into Rockyou.com, an internet ad company with links to Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites."
"The data provides a unique glimpse into the way that users select passwords and an opportunity to evaluate the true strength of passwords as a security mechanism," Amichai Shulman, Imperva's chief technology officer, said in a news release Thursday. "Never before has there been such a high volume of real-world passwords to examine."
Of 32 million passwords, more than 290,000 were 12345, the report found. Twenty per cent of the passwords were common names and slang or easily remembered number combinations."
"Imperva recommends that passwords contain a minimum of eight characters. They should include a mix of four different types of characters: upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and special characters such as !@#$%^&*."
Here is a link to an article from Microsoft which shows you how to create a strong password for your computer:
Here are some other links which will help you chose a strong password for your computer: