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Password woes January 29, 2017

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Every year some outfit called Splashdash, presumably for PR purposes, offers an annual ‘Worst Passwords Report’. Perhaps the word report should be in inverted commas too. But it’s kind of entertaining. Apparently it is ‘compiled’…

…from more than five million passwords leaked during the year, three variations of “password” appear, including “passw0rd” and “password1”.

I’m not madly surprised by those you will find on the chart at this line, or at least not most of them. Login though? Login, really? Admin likewise?

The piece does note a contemporary spin:

A few months ago there were news reports that the hacking of Democratic National Committee’s John Podesta’s email was made easier because his email password was “password.” If these reports are true, he wouldn’t be alone. For the sixth straight year, “password” joins “123456” as the two most commonly used passwords on SplashData’s annual list of “Worst Passwords.” Use of any of the passwords on this list would put users at grave risk for identity theft.

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1. Aonrud ⚘ - January 29, 2017

For anyone not using one, a password manager is a handy way to bypass this problem. I only remember my password to open Keepass (https://www.keepassx.org/), then everything else is a randomly generated string of characters.

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Aonrud ⚘ - January 29, 2017

Oops – don’t comment before reading the article. I see the whole thing is an ad for password managers… At least Keepassx is free and open source 🙂

Regarding using lazy passwords, there often seems to be an implication that it’s the un-savvy masses using them, but having worked in tech/computing areas, it’s remarkable how common it is there too.

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GW - January 29, 2017

Highly recommended. choose a good master password and back up your keepassx file.

Also means passwords don’t go through a possible keystroke logger after they have first been entered.

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