Here’s a link to 25 of the top common passwords:
The article lists out the passwords and many common variations. For instance taking a word like “hello” and substituting o for 0 (zero) and e for 3, like “h3ll0” is no solution either. It’s just too easy for hackers to break.
A good rule of thumb is to always add some “randomness” into your passwords – like 315$ – I just made that up. add that to a word like “hello” and you have something that is fairly difficult to break – hello315$.
That said, I wonder how many passwords are stolen using “social engineering” methods – like copying the post-it note stuck to your computer, or posing as a technical support person, and just asking for it. I think the traditional “brute-force” approaches are less common today, because too many systems are safeguarded from those.
Anyway, it’s never a bad idea to implement secure passwords. Too much critical information is out there.