Want to steal someone's ID? Here's their password...
- — 12 October, 2007 09:32
McAfee today released survey findings showing how rubbish we all are at coming up with secure passwords. So I'm contemplating swapping sides. Not to steal cash, you understand, but to teach people a lesson. And steal cash.
I once completely freaked out a friend of mine by hacking into a website he ran. And it really wasn't as mystic Matt as he thought. He likes football and is from Nottingham. After I unsuccessfully tried his wife's name, I typed in 'Forest'. Et voila: naked photos on the web.
Turns out, I should have gone pet's name first (sorry 'Big Dunc' the hamster - oh, and rest in peace). But I'm pretty certain that with McAfee's list of the web's most popular password types and access to Facebook and Bebo, I could hack to my heart's content. (That said, I am quite a content chap to start with.)
Anyway, here for your pleasure is McAfee's list of the most popular passwords used across Europe. With such power comes great responsibility:
1. Pet's name
2. A hobby
3. Mother's maiden name
4. Family member's date of birth
5. Own date of birth
6. Partner's name
7. Own name
8. Favourite football team
9. Favourite colour
10. First school