Passwords revisited


An analysis of 32million leaked passwords provided some interesting insights into the password selection practices of users. Among the key findings are:

  • The shortness and simplicity of passwords means many users select credentials that will make them susceptible to basic forms of cyber attacks known as “brute force attacks.”
  • Nearly 50% of users used names, slang words, dictionary words or trivial passwords (consecutive digits, adjacent keyboard keys, and so on). The most common password is “123456”.
  • Recommendations for users and administrators for choosing strong passwords.

Also, here are the top 10 most commonly used passwords they found:

1. 123456
2. 12345
3. 123456789
4. Password
5. iloveyou
6. princess
7. rockyou
8. 1234567
9. 12345678
10. abc123

I’ve said it before, the first step in computer security is having a strong password policy.

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