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The Existence of Twitter’s Banned Password List is Horrifying

by Travis Harvey | December 29, 2009December 29, 2009 8:45 am PDT

Although much of the internet is lacking in privacy, there’s only one thing that can prevent someone from wandering inside your accounts and accessing personal data – a strong password. Why is it then, that in the days where a high majority of people are using computers on a daily basis, that a company like Twitter feels the need to actually restrict certain passwords from use?

Currently, Twitter’s using a list of 370 passwords that ask users for something stronger. Among the list, they’ve got some true gems like the always laughable ‘password’ or ‘123456’. Seriously, what goes through a person’s head when they’re thinking of a password to protect their personal data and they come up with the word ‘password’? There are a lot of first names on the list, so it’s not unlikely that people are registering their accounts under their names and then using the same terms for their passwords. Let’s not be stupid.

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These 370 terms certainly can’t be the most popular choices for only Twitter. For every service that requires a password like Facebook, Google and MySpace, you can be sure that hundreds, if not thousands of people are using many of the same easily guessed passwords that require little or no thought to discover. Most sites requiring an account password have setup requirements as users register. Despite any of these, I’d love to see what unsuccessful passwords people trying to use but on larger scale, say for Google.

If for nothing more than a laugh, swing by and check out the full list of the world’s stupidest password attempts. If you find yours on the list, you might want to consider swapping it out for something a little less popular. Then again, if you don’t value your internet privacy, feel free to take your chances.

[Via TechCrunch]


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