There are certain passwords that you should never use. No matter, whether you are trying to be funny or you just think that it is not important to set a strong password for your Wi-Fi, you should never set any of these following words, numbers, or characters as the password of your Wi-Fi. You won’t realize how important the security of your internet connection is until someone shows up in front of your door asking for an explanation for the hack attempt or any actions forbidden by the law made from your IP address.
So as long as you use a Wi-Fi connection, it is your responsibility to protect it from unauthorized access. There is a reason why Wi-Fi connections come with the ability to set a password. Your ignorance may result in serious problems in the future. So always set a password for your Wi-Fi and when you are doing that, make sure that the password is strong enough. This guide on which words or numbers you should avoid will be helpful when choosing a password.
You may find it difficult to remember a strong password every time you have to connect to a new device. However, almost all the devices that you’re connected to has the ability to remember your passwords until you change it in your router. So unless you are changing your devices more frequently, or changing the passwords every week, you will not have to re-enter the credentials on all of them. So let’s have a look at the passwords that you should never choose for your Wi-Fi.
Due to the limitations of the length of the article, and as it will just make the list look silly, we won’t be listing each and every combination of passwords that you should avoid. Instead, certain examples are given so that you can understand what combinations or series you should avoid using as the password for your Wi-Fi connection.
What is considered as a bad Wi-Fi password?
To consider a password as a bad password, the criteria vary drastically. These are some of the scenarios where we can consider a Wi-Fi password as bad, or even worse –
- The password is something that is easily guessable. Let’s say, a single word from the dictionary that isn’t combined with any other words. Example – password.
- A series of numbers such as 12345. They are one of the worst passwords you can use for your Wi-Fi network.
- Your personal information that many people knows. For example, your name, address, parent’s name, the city you are living in, etc.
- Using a common password, even though they are long. We listed the best Wi-Fi passwords ever in one of our articles. You can take it as a reference to set strong passwords.
- Nothing at all like public Wi-Fi hotspots. Leaving your Wi-Fi open to be used for anyone could be the worst thing you can do. Always set a password, at least a weak one.
A comparison table between bad and good Wi-Fi passwords
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What are the number based Wi-Fi passwords you shouldn’t use?
Here are some of the Wi-Fi patters you should never use. The passwords are not limited to the specific numbers given here, but apply to any numbers that follow the same pattern. For example, 1111 also refers to 2222, 3333, and so on.
- 1234 (consecutive numbers)
- 123456789 (numbers from 1-9)
- 987654321 (numbers reversed from 9-1)
- 11111 (repetitive numbers)
- (your routers serial number)
- (your phone number)
While using just numbers as your Wi-Fi password, make sure that the number is not something obvious like your phone number which anyone in your contacts can easily guess. It is always a good idea to not use numbers as your Wi-Fi password unless you have some complex combinations in mind.
Words that you should never set as your Wi-Fi password
Under any circumstances, you should try to avoid using these words as the password for your favorite Wi-Fi router. Setting these words as the password of your Wi-Fi will be almost equal to making it a public connection without any protection.
For example, if you set the word “password” as the password itself, it is better to leave the password column blank, because it is not going to protect your Wi-Fi unless the person trying to steal your Wi-Fi password is dumb. Here are some of the words that you should never use as the password for your Wi-Fi –
- wifi (any words such as router, internet, etc.)
- abcd (consicutive letters)
- qwerty (asdf or any consecutive keys)
- (Your name)
- Your phone number
- zyxw (reverse letters)
It is highly recommended to avoid using single word Wi-Fi passwords. For example, your last name, your pet’s name, or anything that can be easily guessed by someone who knows you. Single-word passwords can be hacked pretty quickly if someone really wanted to. So, always make sure that you use a combination of letters and numbers, including special characters.
Special Characters to avoid as your Wi-Fi Password
Most of the router manufacturers won’t allow you to set special characters as your Wi-Fi password. If they do, just like the numbers and letters, you should make sure that the special characters aren’t easily guessable.
For example, just typing some consecutive special character keys that are next to each other on your keyboard is never a good idea. Here are some of the special character combinations that you should avoid as your Wi-Fi password.
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As a rule of thumb, special characters shouldn’t be used alone as the Wi-Fi password. It is a great way to make your passwords stronger when used in combination with letters and numbers. Just make sure that you do not use them alone. It is not that anyone would be able to guess “+_+” this as your Wi-Fi password, but a hacking program simply can. So, try to avoid that.
Wi-Fi Password combinations you should avoid
Just like the separate letters, numbers, and special characters, some of their combinations could also be deadly.
For example, using your name followed by @123 is one of the most used passwords that anyone can easily guess. One of the first things someone tries while trying to access your Wi-Fi is using such combinations like jake@123. So you should also avoid such easily guessable combinations as your Wi-Fi passwords. Here are some of them.
We hope this article helped you to realize the importance of setting a strong password for your Wi-Fi connections and also avoiding the most commonly used passwords that make it easier for the attackers to steal your Wi-Fi. Even if your neighbor has no intention to hack into any security systems using your Wi-Fi connection, you will still have to pay for the data they use from your Wi-Fi.
So it is never a good idea to leave your Wi-Fi connection without any password protection. When you set a password, it is also important to make sure that it is strong enough, which is what this article is all about. So, good luck with your new Wi-Fi password. Make sure to change your Wi-Fi name and password every once in a while.