Nov 26 2012
Allan R. Bevere: And the Password Is… Jesus?
By Bob Allen
All Christians confess that Jesus is Lord, but he's a poor choice for a computer password, according to an annual listing of passwords on the Internet most prone to hacking.
"Jesus" for the first time made the list of SplashData's "25 Worst Passwords of the Year" – the most common passwords stolen by hackers.
The list, which made its debut last year, suggests that despite several high-profile hacking incidents over the past year at major sites including Yahoo, LinkedIn and eHarmony, many people continue to put themselves at risk by using easily guessable passwords.
"Even though each year hacking tools get more sophisticated, thieves still tend to prefer easy targets," said Morgan Slain, CEO of the 12-year-old company based in Los Gatos, Calif. "Just a little bit more effort in choosing better passwords will go a long way toward making you safer online."
The top three passwords, "password," "123456” and "12345678," remain unchanged from last year's list. New entries to this year's list include "welcome," "jesus," "ninja," "mustang" and "password1."
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