Security Secure IT 1-3 in this chapter offers advice about creating secure passwords when registering for websites. Despite suggestions and constant reminders from security experts to develop and then periodically change passwords, users continue to create weak passwords.
These common passwords are broken easily and, therefore, never should be used. For many years, the most common passwords have been the word, password, and the number sequences 123456 and 12345678. Research This: Use a search engine to locate at least 2 different companies’ lists of the 10 or 20 more common passwords in the past two years. Which passwords appear on both lists? Find a password-strength checking website and type three passwords to determine how easy or difficult they are to crack. Why do consumers continue to use these passwords despite repeated warnings to avoid them? Do you have accounts using one or more of these passwords? What advice is given for developing strong passwords, such as using the lyrics to the first line of a favorite song? How do the companies gather data to determine common passwords?