top ten words include password, 123456, 12345678, abc123, qwerty, monkey, letmein, dragon, 111111, and baseball

SplashData’s annual list of the most common passwords used on the Internet and posted by hackers includes the same top 3 as last year.

Customer: You are using a word I’m not familiar with – something “rhythm”

Care Rep: Algorithm?

Customer: Yes, what is that?

Care Rep: Imagine a secret decoder ring.  Now imagine the steps that the ring has to go through to translate the secret message into something that you could read…

Sometimes explaining technical features is difficult.  Security features are especially important to understand, because if you don’t understand them, you may be inadvertently compromising your information.

As computing power and connectivity continue to increase, new threats are emerging.  Bad guys are able to use regular computers to hook up an electronic dictionary of words and common passwords to try to gain access to systems.  These are, unfortunately, easy to find on the web if you know what you are looking for.  One of the ways to combat this threat is to slow down how quickly a password can be submitted.  Certain password algorithms slow things down so it is not noticeable to humans, but it is slow for computers who are imitating users.

This week’s highlighted feature introduces some extra protections around this kind of attack.  Please join our User Group Feature Demonstration if you are interested in learning more.

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