SplashData has released its updated list of the Top 25 Worst Passwords for 2014, continuing the new tradition since 2011. As might be expected, "123456" still tops the chart, followed in second place by the decidedly simple "password."
The internet has brought many benefits from communications to accessibility, and even to job creations. However, it has also brought the need to protect ourselves with the latest tools to prevent identity theft, breaches, and more.
New laws that took effect 12:01 a.m, Jan. 1, prohibit employers in California and Illinois from demanding passwords of workers' social media accounts. Other states in which similar laws will take effect in 2013 are New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
There has been much hype in the news lately about potential employers demanding Facebook passwords from interviewees. Much concern has been voiced against this invasion of privacy - two representatives took this concern to Congress without success.
Leon Walker, a computer technician in Michigan, suspected that his wife was cheating on him and decided to log onto her email and find out the truth. Not only did this cause a divorce, but it is possible he could face up to five years in prison.
Even without sharing our passwords, hackers can use different computer techniques to crack them. The Hackosis calculator gives you an idea of how strong your password is, and how long it will take a computer program to crack it.
A study by a digital communications agency shows that 61 per cent of Internet users use the same password for all of their online accounts. The survey says many experience password fatigue in remembering multiple passwords, so they stick with just one.