- Andy Patrizio
Well maybe it is just the time of year, or maybe it's the time of man (extra points if you know what song that is from), but password thefts are popping up all over. First, the Spyder Labs folks at Trustwave found a treasure trove sacked away on some server with over 2 million stolen account logins. They were stolen with the Pony Botnet for sites like Facebook, Google and even payroll provider ADP. Now comes word that Chase Bank suffered a breach which exposed the information and passwords for almost a half a million customers.
All of this points to why you should not wait. Go get a password manager and start using it right now. There are free ones you can use as well as ones that are reasonably priced. I have written about LastPass, which I've used before. Now the folks at Roboform, which I have used as well, are also offering their great product for free for a limited time.
The bad news is that analysis of the stolen passwords reveals that the most popular ones are still 123456 and password1. Too
many of us pick ridiculously easy passwords so we can remember them. Of course, there are others who say no big deal if my
Google or Facebook account is hacked, there is nothing valuable there. How many of those same people also use the same password
for their online banking or work logins?
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