Be Your Own Detective: Internet Security

Sexy Women Discussing Passwords It seems that people are really stupid when it comes to internet security. I guess that is why there are so many scams running rampant across the internet.

Another way people are generally stupid is the use of passwords.

"I guess it's just a genetic flaw in humans," said Amichai Shulman, the chief technology officer at Imperva, which makes software for blocking hackers. "We've been following the same patterns since the 1990s."

Mr. Shulman and his company examined a list of 32 million passwords that an unknown hacker stole last month from RockYou, a company that makes software for users of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. The list was briefly posted on the Web, and hackers and security researchers downloaded it. (RockYou, which had already been widely criticized for lax privacy practices, has advised its customers to change their passwords, as the hacker gained information about their e-mail accounts as well.)

... More disturbing, said Mr. Shulman, was that about 20 percent of people on the RockYou list picked from the same, relatively small pool of 5,000 passwords.

Read the story here.

Here are the most used passwords:

Most Popular not-so-clever Passwords

So if you use one of these passwords - you may want to rethink what you are using!

Most Importantly - Stay Safe!


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