Never Tease a Weasel

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.


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit
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6 thoughts on “Never Tease a Weasel”

  1. Well, I enjoyed it – given the context, I thought it was funny, not creepy. But I do wish whoever left me the funny little notes would maybe put their email addy into their next attempt, so I could thank them in person. 😉 Or just leave a comment here – that’d work. Creepy is the one who guessed my admin username (since changed to something almost as good as a secure password). THAT was creepy.
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    1. Nope. It’s the kind of thing that goes on, all the time, no matter how little and obscure you think you are. You just don’t SEE it (without a plug-in that shows you) unless they succeed. It’s the kind of thing “strong” passwords – and different passwords on every site – can help save you from. I’m guessing you’re smart enough not to use something obvious like “password” or “123456”? I find it amusing to see what they think I MIGHT be using – well, sometimes it’s vaguely insulting, but it gives you a clue as to how stupid some people are. (Either that they think I’m that stupid, or that those easy or ridiculous passwords are so common they result in success, sometimes.)

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