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A Weak Password is a Hacker’s Best Friend

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According to the “2012 Global Security Report” released by Trustwave, “Password1” is the most commonly used password on business systems. Although it contains an upper-case character, a number, and nine characters, “Password1” is a very easy password for hackers to crack because it is relatively short and contains a dictionary word. More than 6% of passwords in use on business systems today contain some variation on the words “password” or “welcome.”

For more information on common password pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them, please see “If You’re Using ‘Password1,’ Change It. Now.”  at Yahoo! Finance.

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