Database Leak Reveals 10 Terrible Passwords You Should Avoid

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    There’s been more confirmation that when it
    comes to online security, some people are just
    asking to be hacked. By examining accounts
    from a leaked Yahoo database, featuring
    obsolete accounts from a 2012 voice calling
    service, researchers put together a list of the ten
    most commonly used passwords.
    The most popular password favored by Yahoo
    users was “123456.” If that isn’t enough to
    make you facepalm, the second most common
    was the brilliant “password.” This was followed
    by “welcome” in third, and, weirdly, “ninja” in
    fourth position.
    Mixing numbers and letters is often
    recommended when it comes to creating strong
    passwords, but “abc123,” which is the fifth most
    popular entry, is a pretty weak example of this
    practice. The next two entries are variations of
    the number one password – “123456789” at six
    and “12345678” at seven.
    The next two passwords on the list are actual
    words - “sunshine” (eighth) and “princess” (ninth)
    – while the final place is occupied by the terrible
    “qwerty.”
    Dr Jeff Yan, co-author of a paper on password
    Cr@cking and a senior computing lecturer at
    Lancaster University in the UK, compiled the list.
    He told the Daily Mail Online: “Why do [some]
    use such obvious passwords? A main reason I
    think is that they’re either unaware of or don’t
    understand the risks of online security.”
    “Just like everybody knows what one should do
    when red lights are on in the road, eventually
    everybody will know 123456 or the like is not a
    good password choice,” he added.
    Many of the other passwords in the database
    were made up of simple combinations of users’
    names, ages, and birthdates.
    In addition to revealing the commonly-used
    passwords, the University researchers, along
    with those from China’s Peking and Fujian
    Normal Universities, created algorithms that can
    crack passwords.
    Based on attackers having access to different
    personal information, they guessed passwords
    for more than 73 percent of users’ accounts.
    Even the more tech-savvy weren’t safe; a third
    of their passwords were cracked within 100
    guesses.

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