The stupidest password mistake you can make is to use an obvious password such as a sequence of consecutive numbers or the word ‘password’. Data from the recent hack of Adobe’s customer database demonstrates that stupidity remains rampant.
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Analyst Jeremy Gosney of the Stricture Consulting Group analysed a dump file of the leaked passwords, which are now thought to number at least 38 million. These were the 20 most common in his analysis:
While we’d always advise anyone whose passwords had been potentially compromised to change them, no-one should have been using these passwords in the first place — and ideally IT pros should be setting up systems that block the most obvious offences.