Sunday, February 15, 2009
Favorite Passwords: "1234" and 'passwords"...
Better think twice before choosing a password for emails, online bank accounts and airline tickets. Password that show no imagination or distinctiveness are easy to prey for information pirates, a new US study says. A statistical analysis of 28,000 passwords recently stolen from a popular US website and posted on the internet reveals that people often do the easy thing.
If found that 16 percent took a first name as a password, often their own or one of their children, according to the study published by Information Week. Another 14 percent relied on the easiest keyboard combination's to remember such as "1234" or "12345678". For those those using English keyboards, "QWERTY", was popular. Likewise, "AZERTY" scored with people with European keyboards.
Five percent of the stolen passwords were names of television shows or stars popular with young people like "hannah" inspired by singer Hannah Montana. "Pokemon", "Matrix" and "Ironman" were others.
So we have to be very careful when making or using a password.