What’s the secret password? Apparently, it’s not a secret….at least if you use facebook, gmail or twitter.
A computer security researcher has stumbled upon another huge file of stolen user names and passwords that was posted on the ‘net for other hackers to enjoy.
Daniel Chechik, and his fellow researchers at Trustwave SpiderLabs, found a cache of user names and passwords for 2 million accounts that gives hackers access to accounts on popular websites like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others.
Uppity is always warning us, for good reason, to: 1.) Stay away from facebook and gmail; and 2.) Change passwords frequently!! Experts also advise us to use “strong” passwords that can’t be figured out easily by the run-of-the-mill hacker. So I suppose “strongpassword” wouldn’t be a good idea? How about “isthisstrongenough?” Here’s a list of the most common passwords that you should stay away from, unless you want to be hacked.
I would never use such unimaginative passwords myself, but imustadmit, in my advancing age, I’m finding it more difficult to remember passwords….heck, I’m finding it hard to remember what day it is!
So, if you’re NOT one of the 2 million poor souls who had their passwords stolen. Feel safe and secure as you read this post and continue on surfing the web. Just be sure to give a wave to one of Obama’s NSA officers on your way out…..it’s the polite thing to do!
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