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Top 1000 Passwords

![Passwords](/Volumes/DOCS/blog-images/FImcPiG.png) I can across a photo on the hacker I can across a photo on the hacker news today that I found to be very amusing. In the photo, we see the top 1000 most used passwords, and as expected, 123456 appears to be the overwhelming leader. Followed by the usual suspects 123456789, password, qwerty, and 12345678 just to name a few. How are we going to easily get the idea across that this is not ok in a way that is not harsh or off-putting? We can try to force users to use more complex, or longer passwords, but we see what that does in the end. Users start writing them down or using the same password across multiple systems and accounts. Using password lockers, or vaults, such as LastPass, PassKey, or OneKey could be some options. A user only needs to remember one stronger password to gain access to the rest of their passwords. They would just to need to make sure that they commit the phrase to memory so that they do not have to write it dow…

Anthem Hack - The Monday After

Anthem Inc. is the second largest insurance group in the United States. They service nearly Anthem Inc. is the second largest insurance group in the United States. They service nearly 67 million people through their affiliate programs including 37 million enrolled in it family health plans. On February 4, 2015 Anthem released that it had been impacted by a recent data breach affecting a large number of its members and affiliate groups. A statement from CEO Joseph Swedish (http://www.anthemfacts.com/) regarding the data breach and a FAQ page answering some of the outstanding questions that everyone has can be found here (http://www.anthemfacts.com/faq).

What do we know so far ...
We know that Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of over 80 million healthcare members has been accessed . This includes: Social Security Numbers (SSN), addresses, emails, salary information, birthdays, phone numbers, and other such data.According to Anthem’s statement, the impacted (plan/brands) include A…