Yesterday it was widely reported that over 1.3 million passwords were stolen from users of the Gawker Media family of sites. The file was then published on the internet allowing anyone access to this data, the story doesn’t stop there. It would seem that a large number of people use the same password details for multiple websites meaning that accounts for social media sites such as twitter or email accounts could also potentially be at risk.
Sophos have now published a list of the top 50 stolen passwords and it’s no surprise to see that the top 3 consists of:
Hopefully your passwords are more secure than this; however it does highlight the need for training staff and pupils in how to create a secure and just as importantly memorable password. The securest password in the world is of no value if the user has to write it down to remember it!
Graham Cluley has produced this handy short film demonstrating how to create a secure password. It is hosted on youtube so you may need to watch it at home.
At YHGfL we have an eSecurity manager who would be more than happy to talk to you about any eSecurity concerns you may have.