You will not have missed the story about LinkedIn and the 6.46 million stolen user passwords. Here is a study done by Rapid 7, looking at the most popular passwords people use on LinkedIn as well as some of the common mistakes made while setting passwords.
Top 5 passwords (avoid these at all cost):
Common password mistakes by users:
- Not watching your language: foul passwords are weak and can be embarrassing when disclosed!
- Bad relationship: using a password related to the site (such as ‘link’ in this case).
- Religion: typical passwords will be ‘god’, ‘angel’ and ‘jesus’ – hackers know this!
- Count Dracula (of Sesame St that is): don’t use numbers like ’123456789′!
- Size: 3 or 4 letters is way to short and try not to use the word love as a prefix