Surely we all know, by now, what The 25 Worst Passwords of 2013 (or any other time) – and their variants – are. I left a comment on Mashable, expressing dismay that those who recently tried to discern my blog’s password also apparently thought I was stupid enough to use “adminnoob” or “12345” or “f***you.” Admittedly, that last one made me smile – either they know that’s exactly what runs through a person’s head when setting passwords to keep spammers and hackers out, or they’re giving up in frustration and firing one last snarky volley over the fence. Either way, yeah.
I would really like to thank whoever dropped by my blog and delightfully attempted “iamtryingtohackyourpassword” followed by “ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” and “idontknowwhatthepasswordis.thissucks.” and, finally, “foundyouonmashablecomments”. I hope you come back and introduce yourself properly – that was the best laugh I had all week.
There’s a larger point to this, of course, and that’s for you nice folks: If you fail at your login, on any site where sensitive information might be compromised – or where, perhaps, a password to another site might be reset – you’ll want to immediately change that password.
I mean, ask yourself how I know which passwords the hackers tried.
Now, while I’ve got those wheels turning, might I also suggest that you beef up your Internet security – particularly on any account that could be used to access or reset passwords for banking, school records, shopping, and so on? Read How to set up two-factor authentication for Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and more. Nothing is truly foolproof; as my dad always said, “Locks only keep honest people honest.”
To the dishonest folks out there, I can only ask: “Why bother? Do you really think you’re going to get anything all that valuable if you do break in, here?” The answer to that…will have to wait till I stop laughing.
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