February 10, 2015

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 down. I personally like LastPass. It was really easy to set up and get use to. I also added two-factor authentication to the account as well.
With computers and technology and the Internet becoming more and more ingrained as a necessity for everyday tasks, it is going to be even more important that we find an easier and better way to protect our online assets.
Source: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9024751

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