Want to get hacked? Use one of these.

Want to get hacked? Use one of these.

This list of the worst passwords in the LinkedIn hack is remarkably familiar, but unremarkably depressing.

A list of the most popular passwords used by LinkedIn in 2012, at the time of the hack that recently came to light (again), was published by LeakedSource. The cache of 117 million accounts were hashed with the SHA-1 algorithm, a once-strong hashing system that was recently pushed into deprecation as it could be cracked.

But because the passwords weren’t salted — a process that makes it harder to decrypt.

It’s estimated that about 90 percent of the passwords were decrypted — a figure that will likely grow over time.

Last year — which would’ve been two years after the LinkedIn breach — the most popular password was, unsurprisingly, at the top of this list.
Source: zdnet

Rank Password Frequency
1 123456 753,305
2 linkedin 172,523
3 password 144,458
4 123456789 94,314
5 12345678 63,769
6 111111 57,210
7 1234567 49,652
8 sunshine 39,118
9 qwerty 37,538
10 654321 33,854
11 000000 32,490
12 password1 30,981
13 abc123 30,398
14 charlie 28,049
15 linked 25,334
16 maggie 23,892
17 michael 23,075
18 666666 22,888
19 princess 22,122
20 123123 21,826
21 iloveyou 20,251
22 1234567890 19,575
23 Linkedin1 19,441
24 daniel 19,184
25 bailey 18,805
26 welcome 18,504
27 buster 18,395
28 Passw0rd 18,208
29 baseball 17,858
30 shadow 17,781
31 121212 17,134
32 hannah 17,040
33 monkey 16,958
34 thomas 16,789
35 summer 16,652
36 george 16,620
37 harley 16,275
38 222222 16,165
39 jessica 16,088
40 ginger 16,040
41 michelle 16,024
42 abcdef 15,938
43 sophie 15,884
44 jordan 15,839
45 freedom 15,793
46 555555 15,664
47 tigger 15,658
48 joshua 15,628
49 pepper 15,610
 Choosing a secure password helps but in the case of the security breach at Linkedin that wouldn’t have helped. In this particular case study, the good passwords along with the poor ones were compromised. Social networking is great to stay relevant and connected; but this is the reason why you don’t want to depend on third party websites for significant business operations.
Starting your own website is not only a more secure way to get out there on the web (especially with an SSL), but it is also far more professional, versatile and powerful. Not only are social networks lacking security, they’re lacking functionality, features and pizazz. Maybe it’s time for all of us to get off those lousy networks and get our own sites; I’ll add you to my network if you add me to yours.

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