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14 December 2010

The Top 50 Gawker Media Passwords -- from the 188,279 decrypted passwords of the recent Gawker hack, WSJ posts the top 50 passwords. More than 3,000 people used "123456" as their password. Seriously?[More:]
Winner of the most prevalent ironic password: "trustno1"
To be fair, it's only a gawker password. As long as it's not tied to anything else, who cares?
posted by Eideteker 14 December | 16:49
I wish that I had used querty as my Gawker password and not the same one that I had used in fifty other places, including here.

yes, I'm a dumb lazy user
posted by octothorpe 14 December | 18:08
If you used "querty," you wouldn't be in the 50 most popular. Actually, I'd be amused to know how many people do use some phonetic form of qwerty or other common passwords.

And you're not dumb or lazy, you just have higher hopes for humanity at large.
posted by filthy light thief 14 December | 18:26
yanno, I'm as dumb and lazy as the next user, but this kind of thing is exactly why I use a throwaway yahoo mail account/pw for login onto all sites/forums that require me to make an account to comment, but that I don't care to frequent (Macworld, and yes, Lifehacker are good examples of this).

It's not tied to the same email I use for the half dozen sites I actually frequent (MeFi / MeCha, FB, flickr and a couple cycling forums), and it's also not my "shopping throwaway account", which is a different throwaway mail account for stuff like Amazon, etc. Nor is it the same email account that I use for $IMPORTANT_STUFF like my main webmail account, online banking, utility bills, etcetera.

So yea, I basically have four online passwords to remember but they're distinct, strong, and not tied to the same email, rather, they're tied to function/intent. I'm hoping this is why (touch wood) I've not yet been hacked.
posted by lonefrontranger 14 December | 19:00
I picked up a tip from taz, here, a long time ago, that lets me come up with a unique pwd for every site I visit, yet I don't really have to remember much of anything. Frequently thankful for that.

The 123456 is bad, but I get more enjoyment out of 'lifehack,' 'internet,' and, for some reason, 'cheese.'
posted by Miko 14 December | 21:47
I suspect that a LOT of the 15K or so people who used the stupid passwords listed here did what lonefrontranger does.

And the Murdoch/WSJ never misses an opportunity to point out the mistakes of the "new media", and will happily lift their paywall to give them a Nelson-esque "HA HA". I must note that the page in the link had a date at the top "Thursday, December 9, 2010 As of 9:41 PM EST" (although the blog post is dated November 13th). HA HA.
posted by oneswellfoop 14 December | 21:50
flt, thanks for the thoughts but I really should know better. I've had grad level classes in computer security from employees of CERT and worked in QA testing security products. Just lazy and always afraid that I'd forget my passwords.
posted by octothorpe 14 December | 21:56
I've had grad level classes in computer security ... Just lazy and always afraid that I'd forget my passwords.

It's not laziness, more that human factors like "how the heck could I remember that many passwords when I seldom have cause to use them" are often overlooked by tech experts when they design systems or give out recommendations on what to do.
posted by philipy 15 December | 14:19
The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth || What kind of fruit is this? Or is it a fruit, even?