Internet Users Continue to Amaze with Foolish Passwords

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txboston

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure
about the the universe."

    - Albert Einstein

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cfmwarren

I use Truecrypt mentioned in a earlier article, so i have a 20 digit passcode AND the windows password that is 11 digits. Memners of my family are notorious password keepers, but i can imagine the rest of America doing this......

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winmaster

I use the same password for everything. It is ***********. (You didn't think I'd actually post it, did you?) And while its not 20 characters or random, it gets the job done. At least its not "password". (I know several people with that password, and they all live in my house.)

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The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

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cmichael

Th3 quick br0wn f0x jumps 0ver th3 l@zy d0g

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I Jedi

"I use the same password for everything. It is ***********. (You didn't
think I'd actually post it, did you?) And while its not 20 characters
or random, it gets the job done. At least its not "password". (I know
several people with that password, and they all live in my house.)"

 Hax0rs are now using every dictionary word in the book against you, common password usage, and number phrases. Be afraid. BE VERY AFRAID.

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winmaster

Hackers can't get much from me anyway. I don't shop online. All that I do from within my web browser is post comments and go on mycokerewards.com. Unless a hacker wants a free mini coke cooler, there ins't much they can take from me. 

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cmichael

micr0$0ft $uk$

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Svetty Parabols

NEVER keep anything on it that you wouldn't want to share with people. Memory sticks are cheap. Save your sensitive data to them and just use the computer to run the software. Hackers cant break into something not connected to your computer.

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Wareagle

If you use Windows, even that is vulnerable.  If you have file sharing enabled and use a weak password on any account with Administrator access (not sure about Vista, but definitely in XP), any hacker who guesses your password can remotely connect to your computer's management console and share whatever the hell he wants.

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Justin.Kerr

"1,2,3,4,5??? That Amazing. Thats The Same Combination On My Luggage!"

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Keith E. Whisman

Nice quote from Space Balls.

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Keith E. Whisman

I like my passwords they are peoples names and birthdays. It's impossible to use a dictionary attack against a name with a seemingly random set of numbers. Sure as far as secure passwords go my way is a medium level of security but it will stop all hackers that don't go into my system and delete my password or use keyloggers but then again there are no passwords that can fool a keylogger or someone that gets into your system files and mucks around at lower levels of your OS.

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Wareagle

Tools like John the Ripper make it easy to append numbers to a wordlist, and there are plenty of wordlists of peoples' names.  They're probably the most common type of password, and if you ever use unsecured or WEP encrypted wireless, it's quite possible to sniff your password hashes and start cracking them at a rate of millions of guesses per second.

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Cadmium

I wanted to post the link from the article, but the url was just too obnixously long.

Srsly needs fixed

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opulent_rigs

I have edited the link

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Keith E. Whisman

you need to use tinyurl.com to shorton long ass url's.

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Cadmium

Why would I tinyurl something that goes nowhere?

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Keith E. Whisman

In your post above you stated that the URL was really long. Tiny URL will shorten it. If it went nowhere then why did you post what you did? Look at your post and ask yourself what I should think.

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Cadmium

I posted what I did to bring attention to the link so as to bring about its correction.

Not only did I ask myself what you should think, but I decided to take the time to tell you what it is that you should be thinking.  You should be thinking that you were mistaken and should go and work on your comprehension skills as the meaning of my post was very clear.

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Keith E. Whisman

oh

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I Jedi

Arg, I wish the editor of this article would of included a link/paragraph explaining how to make better passwords, etc. Please visit here and read this article: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/create.mspx 

 Careful not to make passwords that are way too hard to remember, or too easy to guess, etc. The article above will explain how to make a good, strong password for yourself. And please, don't use a password generator. Although it may spit out a good combination of characters, you're not going to remember it by heart more than likely. Oh, AND PRACTICE good online safety. Never give out your passwords to anyone you DONT TRUST... including your friends. Try writing your passwords down or putting them onto CD, rather than saving them to your HDD. Then, store said passwords on CD/paper somewhere safe in your house where only you will ever know where it truly is. That, however, is taking it to extremes, but there are times when some passwords are just that important to keep safe.

In the end, the best way to save your password is in your head. So, again, remember a combination you can remember and that you know to be strong and secure.

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 Don't think for a second that you're going to be secure 100%. Only the foolish ever believe that. But by making a harder to break password, you're ensuring that you have at least a better measure of security than you did before when you just used "QWERTY". BruteForce always start off with common shit first before moving onto harder to guess passwords.The more characters you have in your password, the harder it is for BruteForce to break it. But again, that all depends how you setup your password and don't make something ridiclous that you can't even remember, then what's the point? 

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airman0

  Other users, who apparently don’t rate their mathematical ability highly, chose to steer clear of numbers and settled for passwords such as “AZERTY” and “QWERTY”.

 

lol 

one of my old passwords was unicorn (no one would ever guess that!)

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cmichael

It would take a dictionary attack all of 4 to 5 seconds to find "unicorn" was your passwod.

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UpsideDownPants

It's called "sarcasm"! Look into it.

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nekollx

how about "i@mTh3n1ght"

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