Snow emergencies
Winter Storm impact: Northeast Ohio communities issue parking bans
Closings and delays for Monday

Call For Action: Problem Passwords People Use

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(Photo Credit: MGN Online)

Is your password leaving you open to identity theft?

Imperva, a Security Research Firm studied 32 million passwords that were made public after an online gaming company was hacked in 2009.

Commonly used passwords included the names of people and other codes that included:

1-2-3-4-5-6

Password

Iloveyou

Princess

12345678

Abc123

 Babygirl

 Monkey

 65432

Qwerty

Jake Garlie, from SecureState in Bedford, said hackers don’t guess at passwords, instead, they use computer programs to make the job easier.

“There are individuals and groups out there that have very large data centers dedicated to the computational analysis of cracking passwords,” he told FOX 8 Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor.

Garlie said the one thing easier to guess than a password is a pin number.

“It’s only four characters and it’s digits only, so mathematically, the likelihood of having a duplicate pen of somebody else is extremely high,” he warned.

*CLICK HERE for Lorrie’s Call for Action report on password security.