No Safety in Numbers

Apropos of nothing other than my curiosity, here are tag clouds of the most popular usernames and passwords from Dragon Research Group. “a not-for-profit, non-revenue generating entity, comprised of a geographically dispersed set of trusted volunteers who are passionate about making the Internet more secure.”  If your username is user and your password is password then the good news is, you are not alone!

Mine is “this is not my password”

One one hand we have the spectre of cyberattacks that cripple critical systems–credit, water, electricity, and our “dispiriting” defenselessness.  On the other hand we have the ten most popular passwords, based on analysis of millions of passwords stolen from software developer RockYou:

  • 123456
  • 12345
  • 123456789
  • password
  • iloveyou
  • princess
  • rockyou
  • 1234567
  • 12345678
  • abc123

We are a remarkable species.  It’s a wonder we’ve survived this long.