The worst passwords you could ever choose exposed by Yahoo Voices hack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Too many internet users are making poor decisions when choosing their passwords.

We’ve spoken time and time again about the importance of choosing hard-to-crack, unguessable, unique passwords that (provided the website you are using looks after its databases properly) will make life very difficult for password crackers.

And yet, people continue to use passwords that are – quite frankly – dumb, and then compound the problem by using the same simple password in multiple places.

Scandinavian security blogger Anders Nilsson spent a little time with the Pipal password analysing tool, running it against the 450,000 plaintext passwords snatched by hackers from Yahoo Voices.

And…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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