Passwords: use some common sense

http://www.techcrunch.com/2010/01/21/depressing-analysis-of-rockyou-hacked-passwords/

“Depressing Analysis Of RockYou Hacked Passwords”

“What’s the most common password among the 32 million people who’s accounts were hacked at RockYou late last year? According to a study by Imperva (download here), it’s “123456,” followed by “12345,” “123456789″ and “Password,” in that order. “iloveyou” came in at no. 5.

Sigh.

Only 0.2% of users had what would be considered a strong password of eight or more characters that contains a mixture of special characters, numbers and both lower and upper case letters, says the study.

The really depressing thing is that users tend to use the same passwords on all or most of their work and personal accounts. This is what caused the 2009 Twitter document hack. Once the hacker broke in to a single employee’s gmail account, he was running free and eventually got access to a lot of sensitive corporate information.”

Come on, people.

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