How's this for weird? Recently, some 32 million passwords were stolen from social-networking service RockYou and released into the wild by the hacker who nabbed them. Data-security firm Imperva analyzed the collection and made a shocking discovery -- shocking, at least, to those of us who have been preaching about password security for years.
According to Imperva, the most commonly used passwords were as follows:
But I suspect it's part of the ongoing epidemic of users who just don't have a clue when it comes to choosing secure passwords. If you happen to be one of them (or know someone who is), please see any or all of these previous posts on the subject:
- How to Choose Smart Passwords
- 6 Tips for Creating Stronger Passwords
- How to Protect Yourself from a Palin-Style Account Hack
- Stay Safe by Learning from the Bad Passwords of Others