Report suggests 'a strong password is important'

22 January 2010 — 12:00 PM

A new report has highlighted the most common passwords used by internet users and could be something that consumers who use the internet on their mobile phone wish to act upon.

Many people are now using their handset to access the internet and so the importance of a strong password could be vital.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, said that internet users need to realise that hackers know the most common passwords used by the public and can "automatically bombard an online account with hundreds, if not thousands, of predictable choices to see if any of them work".

He added that the benefits of a resilient password include protecting bank details, avoiding identity theft and keeping emails private.

Data security firm Imperva recently released a report on the worst consumer internet passwords, following the hacking of RockYou.com which saw the release of 32 million passwords.

The report suggest that nearly 50 per cent of users used names, dictionary words, slang words or other easy to hack passwords.

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