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People Don't Learn: Worst Passwords of 2017

     
12:52 pm on Dec 21, 2017 (gmt 0)

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What is it with people: They are still using all the usual suspects, plus a few other trendy passwords driven by popular movies.

The research comes from leaked passwords through security breaches, but not including the Yahoo data leak.

No surprise that the most common password is still "12345", closely followed by "password".
Additional digits to the top password were very obvious, and included "12345678", and fifth most popular "12345" with "123456789" in sixth and "1234567" is seventh most popular.
Additional repeat offenders include a handful of very obvious words: ‘qwerty,’ ‘football,’ ‘‘admin,’ ‘welcome,’ ‘login,’ ‘abc123,’ ‘dragon,’ ‘passw0rd,’ and ‘master.’ But there were some new passwords on the top 25 list this year, including ‘letmein,’ ‘iloveyou,’ ‘monkey,’ ‘starwars,’ ‘hello,’ ‘freedom,’ ‘whatever,’ ‘qazwsx’ (from the two left columns on a standard keyboard), and ‘trustno1.’ The new passwords replaced 2016's ‘123456790,’ ‘princess,’ ‘1234,’ ‘solo,’ ‘121212,’ ‘flower,’ ‘sunshine,’ ‘hottie,’ ‘loveme,’ ‘zaq1zaq1,’ and ‘password1.’ People Don't Learn: Worst Passwords of 2017 [motherboard.vice.com]
6:25 pm on Dec 21, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Anyone remember After Dark, the screensaver? It came with a password option, presumably so you could flick on the screensaver before leaving your desk. The average coworker will think nothing of glancing at your screen, but would not go so far as to restart someone else's computer in order to override the password. (Besides, you might return from the bathroom while it's in the middle of startup, leading to awkward questions.) One version came with a simple shoot-em-up space game ... which, of course, automatically exited if you happened to bump into the mouse or the cat jumped onto the keyboard. (This only happened when you were about to beat your record high score.) Add a password, and all it would do is suspend the game for a few seconds while waiting for the password to be entered, and then continue where it left off.

So there you have it: A legitimate use of "open" as a password.

I'm still waiting for a movie scene where the investigators have to figure out the person's username before they get to the easily-guessed password.
6:33 pm on Dec 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Used the password '(MD Names)isac**t', went on holiday and had to call IT for my passwords, desk operative fell about laughing.... Then I realised what is it was.
 

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