Dr Search visited the Cheltenham Science Festival at the weekend and attended a lecture by Toby of GCHQ on security in the computer age.One of the many interesting facts I learnt were the top common passwords that people frequently use for making their various internet accounts “safe”.
The top 10 passwords are:
If you use any of these, I strongly recommend that you change them as it is only a matter of time before you suffer security consequences.
Apparently these passwords are used so frequently that cyber criminals regularly start code cracking attempts with these.
I have repeated these as a warning, not as a purile suggestion but that you learn from these mistakes and don’t become fodder for cyber criminals.
Oh and one other warning- if you have a wifi connection provided by Sky- so unconcerned by security is Rupert Murdoch that the odds are that your login details are “sky” and “admin”.
Apparently the Murdochs’ overriding concern is to make your wifi work- and make money in the process, so all of the default settings are easy to use.
If you want to set up a secure phrase- use 16 characters which include upper and lower case letters, numbers as well as a few punctuation marks.