Daily Tip: Never Use These Passwords

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Sony suffered a massive hack late last month, which resulted in a hacker collective not only dumping five of the company’s unreleased films online, but also leaking internal documents. Those documents contained salary data and other employee information.

According to Mashable, the hacked files included a folder marked “Passwords,” containing employee usernames and passwords in plain text. Some of the passwords in that folder are truly awful: “Password,” “s0ny123,” and so on. (It’s unclear whether the hackers used that information to gain access to even more of Sony’s information, but it’s certainly possible.)

“The company has restored a number of important services to ensure ongoing business continuity and is working closely with law enforcement officials to investigate the matter,” read Sony’s statement regarding the incident.

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While the identity of the hackers hasn’t been confirmed, The New York Times suggested that the attack “could be retribution from North Korea for a coming Sony comedy about an assassination attempt on that country’s leader, Kim Jong-un.”

Whoever the culprit, the Sony hack underlines one of the most important aspects of online security: the need for strong passwords. Not storing your passwords in a desktop or cloud-based file also helps.

With that in mind, here are some of the worst passwords you could use, according to SplashData’s annual list of the most common passwords used on the Internet. If you recognize one of the following as your own, please change it posthaste:

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. 123456789
7. 111111
8. 1234567
9. iloveyou
10. Adobe123

Seriously, people still use “password” as their password.

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5 Responses to “Daily Tip: Never Use These Passwords”

  1. jelabarre

    “So the combination is… one, two, three, four, five? That’s the stupidest combination I’ve ever heard in my life! That’s the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!”

    …..

    President Skroob: “That’s amazing. I’ve got the same combination on my luggage.”

  2. How to come up with an effective password:

    1. Choose a line from a song (or movie, or whatever).
    2. Take the first initial of each word.
    3. Leet it (e.g., e becomes 3, a becomes @).
    4. Insert capital letters, numbers and special characters (e.g., %, $, -, _) at will.
    5. Don’t sing the damn song at work.