Most Common Password Choices At Gawker Exposed By Hackers

December 21, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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When it comes to computer security, picking a strong password is half the battle against hackers. Over at Gawker Media, hackers exposed over 188,000 usernames and passwords after finding their way into the site’s user database. And guess what? People still use really weak passwords.

So what is the most common password? Any guesses? Read on…

Gawker Media released a statement on the breach:

We’re deeply embarrassed by this breach. We should not be in the position of relying on the goodwill of the hackers who identified the weakness in our systems.

So what is the most common password? Out of all the millions of number and letter combinations in the English language, the WSJ says the following are the most common password choices among the ones that were leaked:

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345678

4. lifehack

5. qwerty

6. abc123

7. 111111

8. monkey

9. consumer

10. 12345

11. 0

12. letmein

13. trustno1

Oh man. Out of the 188, 279 accounts hacked, over 3,000 people used “123456″ and 2,000 others chose “password.” Let’s just hope none of these people used the same password for their online banking!

If you’re in need of a strong password that will deter hackers, Microsoft has some tips:

An ideal password is long and has letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers.

-Whenever possible, use at least 14 characters or more.
-The greater the variety of characters in your password, the better.
-Use the entire keyboard, not just the letters and characters you use or see most often.

Oh and if anyone out there is STILL using one of these most common passwords, you should probably consider changing it for the sake of your online safety. Better safe than sorry.


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