Stop Using “Metallica”, “Slipknot”, or “Blink-182” as Your Password

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: (L-R) Musicians Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of blink-182 pose at a press party of announce the 2011 Honda Civic Tour featuring blink-182 and My Chemical Romance at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on May 23, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

If you’re using the word METALLICA as your password, you need to stop.  Not because the band is about to start suing people for that . . . although you’d believe me if I said that, wouldn’t you? Britain’s National Cyber Security Center has put together a list of 100,000 passwords that are frequently hacked, and they include band names like MetallicaSlipknotBlink-182Eminem, and 50 Cent. The list also includes common fictional characters like Superman, Batman, Tigger, and Pokemon . . . plus common names and idiotically simple passwords like “qwerty”, “password”, and “123456”.  (Check out the entire list here.)

The NCSC says, quote, “Nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favorite band.

“Using hard-to-guess passwords is a strong first step and we recommend combining three random but memorable words.  Be creative and use words memorable to you, so people can’t guess your password.”

(Rolling Stone)



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