In case you missed the headlines, Trustwave Spiderlabs found more than two million stolen password and logon credential for Google, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and other websites, according to the company blog.
While finding caches of user information is always great news, it is important to realize that Malewarebytes uncovered a trick to get ahold of Google information a few weeks ago. Who knows how many have fallen for it.
The protection of user data is certainly partly the responsibility of the companies involved, but with millions and billions of users out there, we the users have to bear some responsibility for protecting our accounts as well.
According to Business Insider, the 25 most popular passwords still contains winners like: 123546, 123456789, and (my personal favorite) password. Hey, everybody wants to use passwords that are easy to remember, because let’s face it, most of us have a lot of them to remember.
Most of the people using “password” as their password, realize that it is easy to guess, but continue to use it for every online account they have, which only makes the theft of one password that more traumatic.
So take a moment and review your own security, and change those passwords that you think are weak, keep a log near the computer, do whatever you can, or you might find yourself being forced to change it under a totally different set of circumstances.