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TechRepublic Hot 5: Passwords that make IT security pros cringe

This week's episode of the TechRepublic Hot 5 is dedicated to gadgetgirl, because when I asked for Hot 5 topic suggestions on Facebook, GG came through. She took a straw poll at work last year, and here are the hot 6 passwords most selected by end users.

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This week's episode of the TechRepublic Hot 5 is dedicated to gadgetgirl, because when I asked for Hot 5 topic suggestions on Facebook, GG came through. She took a straw poll at work last year, and here are the hot 6 passwords most selected by end users ("...so much for all this security awareness training I do...."). If you're not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Hot 6 passwords that will make any IT security pro cringe:

  1. < password >
  2. < 666666 >
  3. < secret >
  4. < letmein >
  5. < insert expletive here >
  6. < insert preferred sports team name here >

Password resources on TechRepublic:

  1. Download: End-user password security
  2. Help users create complex passwords that are easy to remember
  3. Fight back against bad password policy
  4. Securing end users' pesky password problems
  5. Helping users remember their passwords
  6. Help consulting clients create strong password policies

Here are a few other links that you should check out:

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About Sonja Thompson

Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.

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