Saturday, 20 December 2008

Passwords Anyone Can Guess

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

Dumb people are very good at coming up with passwords that other people can guess. These passwords can be for anything from their debit card PIN, to their computer login password.

Rather than take an extra 30 seconds to create a password that is difficult to guess, they instead come up with the password that is the easiest for them to think of and then enter.

Criminals are especially profiting from this. They don't need to come up with clever technological schemes to sniff out passwords when there are so many dumb people who leave the door wide open for them.

Common passwords for dumb people are:

"john"

"bob"

"hello"

"1234"

(their name)

(their dog's name)

(their best friend's name)

(same as their username)

As you can see, it doesn't take a lot to compromise the security of a dumb person.

There's clearly not a lot of incentive for criminals to invest in sophisticated password detection schemes when there are so many easy to guess passwords out there. This gives more peace of mind to the rest of us.

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