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Saturday 23 August 2014

Top password for computers doesn't add up

Published 22/01/2014 | 02:30

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We're spending too much time documenting our lives online rather than just living our lives

IN news that will have computer security experts celebrating and shaking their heads, it seems that the most popular password is no longer "password". It is "123456".

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This is according to an annual survey from mobile software developers SplashData, who have collated a massive list of the most popular passwords used online from the data revealed by high-profile hacks in 2013.

The main source for this year's list was the cyberattack that hit Adobe in October, a hack that targeted an estimated 38 million customers. The unseating of "password" was the biggest surprise. It was relegated to second position, followed by "12345678" in third place and "qwerty" in fourth.

Security experts recommend that instead of trying to memorise a random jumble of letters and numbers, we pick phrase passwords - combinations of known words such as "monkey steeplefacejacket" that tend to stick in the memory.

Irish Independent

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