January 3, 2009

Story idea: Passwords -- Top 500 Worst

Nothing about journalism but there might be an interesting story about what companies and government offices do about passwords

Here is a list of the 500 worst passwords of all time.

There are some interesting passwords on this list that show how people
try to be clever, but even human cleverness is predictable. For
example, look at these passwords:

ncc1701 The ship number for the Starship Enterprise

thx1138 The name of George Lucas’s first movie, a 1971 remake of an earlier student project

qazwsx Follows a simple pattern when typed on a typical keyboard

666666 Six sixes

7777777 Seven sevens

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