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SplashData reveals 2011's 25 worst passwords

By Matthew · 17 replies
Nov 21, 2011
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  1. Reaffirming a smaller study released earlier this year, SplashData has published a list of this year's 25 worst passwords. We've seen countless security breaches this year and in many of…

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,510   +5,075

    After all attackers only prowl during the holiday seasons. If you are going to use a less secure password, don't do it during the holiday season.

    Honestly why did the holiday season find its way into this article? Attackers prowl everyday not just the holidays. It was a nice read until I found my way to that sentence. A scare tactic during the holiday while the topic is just as important outside the holiday.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    It's not a scare tactic, it's reality. Cybercrime increases during the holiday season. Why? We're entering the busiest e-commerce period of the year. There are more people shopping -- that includes more clueless people to prey on. That's beyond the fact that for most families, it'd undoubtedly suck more to have their savings stolen ahead of Christmas than, say, April.

    You think I'm fear mongering and frankly, I think you're looking for something to complain about.
  4. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +13

    You both make fine points and I respect your opinions, but anyone who uses these passwords deserves to have their savings drained.
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    I agree ramon. There are instances where people take security seriously but still get scammed or whatever and I won't go as far as saying they *all* get what they have coming to them. But most victims of these crimes lack personal responsibility. They have lousy passwords, shady browsing habits, poor judgement when opening emails etc.

    If someone is going to enter their private information online, they need to understand the risks and do what they can to mitigate them. Unfortunately, that's asking too much of some individuals. It's a scary world. There's always been bad guys and there always will be. Likewise, there's always been reckless fools and there always will be.
  6. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I disagree with this. Matthew pretty much took the words out of my mouth.

    And while I sometimes (unbiasedly) criticize Techspot, I can clearly see that, at least on that comment, you seem to just want to complain about <i>something</i>, but don't quite make it clear.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,510   +5,075

    That doesn't change the fact that attackers are always the prowl and it's always a good time to secure your accounts. The article needs to sound as if it is still just as relevant in January as it does in December.

    Since you think my warning to everyone in January is a complaint against the article, I have nothing further to say.
  8. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 512   +8

    There's no need to make a strong password since most of people get Keylogged or puts his passwords in fake web pages, of if you put your data unprotected and un-encrypted (yes SONY its you duh!)

    Most of mail/payment/security web services have protection measures for brute force attacks, so why bother whit strong security passwords if the user is gona give away his password or if companies have mediocre secirity and get nailed by simple and very easy attacks? (yes SONY its about you again)
  9. Personally, I use "blank" for all my passwords... I've never gotten hacked yet.
  10. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    You say "that doesn't change the fact..." What is <i>that</i>? I presume <i>that</i> is Matthew's argument. When you say "that doesn't change the fact," without directly countering it, you indirectly agree with it. So how can you agree with (or in part of) an argument, and call it inconsequential to an argument this very argument counters?

    Matthew never said, or even implied, attackers don't prowl on a regular basis. He simply stated they are more rampant due to the holidays. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Your second point is that, apparently, this article does not seem to point out that security habits should be maintained throughout the year, and not only on the holidays. While true, why is the mere emphasis on security during the holiday (due to the aforementioned reasons, the ones, which I might add, you "agree" on) such a problem to you? How does this reminder take away the fact that attackers do still attack in other times of the year?

    I fail to see the connection. While, granted, users should always make harder-to-guess passwords, the reminder at this holiday time is definitely pertinent.

  11. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,150   +142

    Here's a thought, edit your own articles when you run your own popular tech website. Cue bad "Everyone's a critic" line.
  12. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +13

    Alright guys, ease off a bit.
  13. I think cliffordcooley actually had a password in your list, which is why he replied.
  14. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Booster Posts: 159

    ^ lol @ guest, also, did someone just get lawfered AGAIN? You're on a roll man.
  15. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    I guess ashley and michael are the most popular names then.
  16. I use RoboForm, love that password manager.
  17. that might change soon...
  18. rculver9056

    rculver9056 TS Enthusiast Posts: 26   +7

    Me too..
    Remembers 'em, syncs 'em, the lot. And try a brute force attack on something
    like "ilKLv^G@fBAw9h5$F439"

    One of the best programs I have ever come accross.

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