Gawker site hack highlights weakness in most user passwords

Gawker site hack highlights weakness in most user passwords

Posted on December 15th, 2010 by admin

A recent site hack at Gawker shows why strong passwords are critical.

See the full story at “BBC” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11998648

Gawker published 1.3 million users account information after the hack and included a significant number of their passwords.

The most common hacked passwords were

123456

Password

12345678

Qwerty

Here are suggestions for creating a secure password;

-       Never use the same password across lots of different websites

-       Do not use a word that you – or a hacker – could find in the dictionary: these are susceptible to so-called ‘brute force’ attacks

-       Try to include some digits and special characters to add a layer of complexity that will make life difficult for a criminal

-       Pick a phrase or mnemonic that helps you remember your password