Anytime there is a massive password breach there is a subsequent analysis of the password quality; if you’re curious about the composition of nearly half a million Yahoo! users, come on in and rubberneck the break down.
Courtesy of Anders Nilsson, the analysis yielded all sorts of little gems. The most popular password was 123456, the most popular baseword was password, and his break down of the days, months, and years incorporated into passwords shows that May is the most popular month, it’s a tie between several weekdays, and January is the most popular month. Ever tack a year onto your password to spice it up? If you’re a Yahoo! user there’s a pretty good chance it’s 2008.
Hit up the link below to check out the full analysis. If you realize your passwords could use a little updating, check out our guide to recovering from a security breach and best password practices to get your passwords in order.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 07/13/12