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The Most Common Password on the Internet Is [drumroll please]

Can I get a drumroll please?

According to The New York Times, the most common password on the Internet is “123456”. Are you kidding me? Why do you even use a password if you’re going to choose that password?

A few reasons why people use simple password:

  • It’s easy to remember
  • It’s easy to type quickly (you don’t even have to life your finger off the keyboard to type 123456. Go ahead, try it. Then go watch this YouTube video just for fun)
  • It could be the default password that came installed with the program and they never changed it
  • It’s probably the first password they ever created back when they were 10 years old and they just haven’t changed it yet
  • It’s very likely the same password they use on many other accounts.
  • Because they’re just plain dumb and don’t listen to advice from posts like this one!

If you’re like me, you probably have a million online accounts. (Okay, maybe not a million… but I quickly counted up at least 15 accounts that I access on a weekly basis. That doesn’t include the hundreds of other accounts I have had to open for other services I maybe only access a couple times a year).

“Nowadays, we have to keep probably 10 times as many passwords in our head as we did 10 years ago,” said Jeff Moss, who founded a popular hacking conference and is now on the Homeland Security Advisory Council. “Voice mail passwords, A.T.M. PINs and Internet passwords — it’s so hard to keep track of.”

And it seems that even an article in The New York Times isn’t enough to scare people from changing their passwords! According to the New York Times article, “many people have reacted to the break-ins [hacks] with a shrug.”

“According to a new analysis, one out of five Web users still decides to leave the digital equivalent of a key under the doormat: they choose a simple, easily guessed password like ‘abc123,’ ‘iloveyou’ or even ‘password’ to protect their data.”

“‘I guess it’s just a genetic flaw in humans,’ said Amichai Shulman, the chief technology officer at Imperva, which makes software for blocking hackers.”

Don’t take reactive steps to fix your hacked blog. Just do the easy things now and you’re already well on your way to keeping your site secure from those nasty hackers. Please, please, please… just change your password! It takes all of 2 minutes to change a password but it can take 2 days to 2 weeks to clean a site that someone hacked by using the unsecure password you set up.

  1. stopwordpresshackers12-07-10

    Found another interesting article that shows the top 500 passwords. I liked the quote that says “…Approximately one out of every nine people uses at least one password on the list shown in Table 9.1! And one out of every 50 people uses one of the top 20 worst passwords..”

    Yikes! Are any of your passwords on this list?

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