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Remember how all those lazy Subway managers caused millions of dollars to be stolen from customers?A band of hackers was able to guess the passwords to their point-of-sale systems and went to town nabbing credit and debit card numbers from everyone who walked into the restaurants.
Don’t let that happen to you, people.
The Internet Crime Complaint centre just released 25 of the most commonly hacked passwords of 2011.
It boggles the mind to think people are still using these everyday words [e.g.: Monkey, football, 123456] to protect devices that hold all their financial data – especially in the workplace.
Raise your virtual hand if your employer assigns workers a single password to access company databases, content management systems or email accounts. (See 11 ways to protect yourself when shopping online.)
“Sharing passwords among users in a workplace is becoming a common theme to continue the flow of operations,” the ICCC says, but “users have prioritised convenience over security when establishing passwords.”
Here’s the full list of passwords to avoid: