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Tip: 123456 Is A Bad Password

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And yet, it is apparently the most popular password in circulation.

Imperva, a company that makes software for blocking out hackers, had the unique opportunity to analyze a data base of 32 million previously compromised (read that: stolen) passwords. The list was provided by RockYou.

In a nutshell, here's what Imperva found by data crunching the list:

A scary number of people are ridiculously lame about their password selection.

The number one password choice was "123456". "12345" was number two. "123456789" was number three.

Other top twenty hits include: "Iloveyou", "monkey", "babygirl" and, of course, "password" (that was #4 on the list, fyi).

Here's another finding from Imperva that will inspire you to slap your forehead with the palm of your hand; out of 32 million passwords, there were collectively less than 5,000 unique passwords.

Clearly, there are a lot of people who share the same wedding anniversary or had daughters on the same date.

Last updated: Jan 29, 2010




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