The recent hack into the Yahoo.com password database has exposed the fact that “too many Internet users are making poor decisions when choosing their passwords.”, according to Graham Cluley of NakedSecurity.sophos.com. I couldn’t agree more. There have been tons of articles published, including on this blog, about the importance of using a strong password. But evidently our attempt at Internet safety education is falling on deaf ears…or people just don’t care.
Scandinavian security blogger Anders Nilsson spent some time analyzing the passwords stolen by hackers from Yahoo Voices. They were posted on the Internet by the hacker. What he found doesn’t give me much comfort that any of the attempts at password education have done any good. Here’s a list of the top 10 passwords found. Base words are the main part of a password with additional characters added.
“Repeat after me. “
"A password of 'password' isn't actually a password."
See my article Passwords Revisited for a tune up on how and why to create strong passwords, and if you’re the visual type, there’s a video in the article The worst passwords you could ever choose exposed by Yahoo Voices hack.
Folks, this is serious business; Internet users are being robbed of their identities, and their bank accounts cleaned out, daily. It’s not just a cool or nice, or optional thing to have a strong password…it’s mandatory if you’re going to frequent today’s Internet: fraught with cyber criminal activity and malware.
As always, I appreciate your comments on this subject…so please do. And be careful out there…it’s extremely dangerous these days.
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