In December at RockYou.com, a photo-sharing and slide show site, reported 32 million usernames and passwords were breached. From this incident, a list was generated of the most common useless (and because they were hacked) worst passwords.
The most common passwords are as follows. Is yours among them?
It’s notable how many people apparently use their first names as passwords. Notice how also, in the case of no. 7, the password is simply the name of the site.
The article about passwords had some great advice for choosing passwords:
“Citing NASA guidelines, Imperva, a web and data security company, recommends that all passwords be at least eight characters, and contain a mix of four different types of characters – upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters such as !@#$%^&*,;” If there is only one letter or special character, it should not be either the first or last character in the password.”
Why care? Well, you are not alone on the internet!
The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2009 – 90 trillion
New email users since the year before – 100 million
Internet users worldwide (September 2009) – 1.73 billion
The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse) – 126 million
Number of tweets on Twitter per day (November, 2009) – 27.3 million
People on Facebook – 350 million
The total number of videos YouTube serves in one day – 1 billion
Percentage of Internet users that view videos online (USA) – 82%
Check out more stats on Pingdom
(Thanks Jackie D.!!!)