Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Worst Passwords Released - If Yours Is Here… Get Busy or Get Hacked

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Yesterday, Internet security site SplashData released a rather dubious but important list.  It's their annual list of the 25 most common passwords used.
 
The problem is 2 fold:
  1. If the password is on the list, then the bad guys have it too.  Heck, if they can break into Target (I'm betting Target doesn't use one of these) then they can sure as heck get you if you are using one of these 25.
  2. Humans tend to be a lazy lot and hackers know that chances are if you're using an easy password in one place, you're most likely using it in some other places too.  That makes other info you have password protected a simple process to steal.

So, last year the #1 winner was… drumroll… Password.

Bright huh?

 

This year it is… 123456.  Not sure why the numbers won out this year.  That's something my bachelor's in Psychology will have to ponder on...

OK, so I know you are dying to know what the winners are.  So, without further ado, here's the list.  As I said, this is all the work of SplashData and I salute them for it!  Once you're done perusing the list below, click on the link to SplashData & read their report.  It's a short easy read and offers some really good security tips for passwords!  Get going!!!

 

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