Sep 18, 2012
You most probably heard about the recent Hacking by a group calling themselves D33Ds to more than 453,492 accounts belonging to Yahoo! and other servers such as Gmail and Hotmail. D33Ds have also trolled their way into the hacked accounts’ passwords and published them in a list of plain text. And while this particular hacking process happened on a large scale, you can see most of these emails were on their way to be hacked either way; thanks to their unbelievably basic passwords.
Every year a couple of these lists get published on the internet, email servers release them in order to warn users of the wide web that these passwords are very common and thus have higher odds of being predicted. Yet, year after year, the same most common passwords claim the top of the list: Password.
Yes. The word “password” is the most commonly used passwords across the globe. Out of pure laziness or under the illusion that it’s so simple no one would think it can be your password, we don’t know why people still keep it, but now as everyone knows, it’s not excusable anymore.
“Ninja” did not come in handy as a self-protecting password either. The hackers’ list revealed that 333 people apparently thought “ninja” was a cool password combination. Same goes for “123456” do we even need to go into that?
Other common use of passwords is words closely grouped together on the slandered keyboard. Instead of “123456” (because let’s face it, that’s just giving your password to the hacker) some think it clever to use “qwerty”, also easily detectable.
The list also revealed a couple of interesting passwords/warnings users obviously thought intimidating enough to scare the hacker away; the ideas included “donthack”, “donthackme” and even “dontdoit!” unfortunately, that didn’t stop the hackers from publishing the passwords list in addition to actually hacking the accounts.
A memorable password can also be a strong one. It is advisable to choose a combination of letters, capital letters and numbers for maximum security, and most importantly, choose a password that relates to you personally.
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