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Are your passwords strong enough?

Published on June 8, 2012 in Blog

Recently a social networking company was hit by a security breach targeting the companies database, which contained the usernames and passwords of 32 million users. The full list was posted on a hacker’s website.

A security vendor performed an analysis on the strength of the passwords and then created a Consumer Password Worst Practices, which identified the top 20 most commonly used passwords.

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789
  4. Password
  5. iloveyou
  6. princess
  7. rockyou
  8. 123456
  9. 12345678
  10. abc123
  11. Nicole
  12. Daniel
  13. babygirl
  14. monkey
  15. Jessica
  16. Lovely
  17. michael
  18. Ashley
  19. 654321
  20. Qwerty

I could have stopped this list at the Top 10, however I thought the last 10 show how common some passwords are.

All of the above are either too short or too simple, they are susceptible to basic forms of cyber attack. It would take only seconds to break these passwords.

This is one side of the password dilemma, the other is that most people re-use the same password on multiple sites.

Password security should be considered as an important first step in data security, as one of our clients found out first hand when they received a $10,000 internet bill.

We have designed a 10 point Security Assessment which can highlight potential problem areas.

If you would like to organise your assessment then please call us to organise a suitable time.

 
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