Monday, February 9, 2009

Screaming memes

There's got to be something poetry-related in this Information Week analysis of 20,000 hacked passwords:

> The most popular password (3.03% of the 20,000) was "123456." It's also generally considered the most common password used today.

> 4 percent used some variant of the word "password." Seriously, people, there's no excuse for this one. "password" was the 2nd most popular password used, also in keeping with historical trends.

> 16 percent of passwords were a person's first name. No word on if it was their first name, but someone's. Joshua is the most commonly used first-name password, a likely reference to the movie WarGames.

> Patterns abound. In addition to "123456," other pattens like "12345, "qwerty," and "abc123" were common, comprising 14 percent of the passwords used.

> 35 percent of passwords were six characters long. 0.34 percent were only one character long.

> For reasons no one can explain, "dragon," "master," and "killer" all crack the top 20 passwords. (On the top 500 password list linked above, "dragon" is #7.)

... and speaking of memes, for those who have tagged me about the "25 random things" meme, let me direct you to this, instead.

6 comments:

J.H. Stotts said...

no 'open sesame' ?

J.H. Stotts said...

mine was always 24601. was.

michael robbins said...

I used to have poetry-related passwords. Now I generate a random string of letters & numbers & memorize it. But back when my password was "asweknow" or "hardlyhedgerows" I kept forgetting which poem I'd used. I do think Hardly Hedgerows would be a good name for a band.

Jim Murdoch said...

Another popular one I would have thought would be names in reverse. I have to confess mine is 6 characters long but I mix up letters and numbers. I really should add in a symbol to be extra safe.

Ben Wilkinson said...

"For reasons no one can explain, 'dragon,' 'master,' and 'killer' all crack the top 20 passwords. (On the top 500 password list linked above, 'dragon' is #7.)"

Yeah, pretty mysterious what with all the online gamers and net nerds addicted to World of Warcraft, CounterStrike and other fantasy/military computer games...

the unreliable narrator said...

If I ever write an opera, it'll have a soprano in it who dies of TB at the end. And her name will be Meme.