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Password 123456 Is Not the Problem

The gist of the story is that "123456" is now the most commonly used weak password—surpassing the use of the word "password."

Although that story is good for a laugh or two, the password "123456" isn't the problem at all, in my view. In fact, I can use that password as securely or as insecurely as any other one. I know what you're thinking, and, no, I'm not crazy. Allow me to explain.

Today's hackers aren't typically manually going to a Website or a service and typing in passwords like "123456" in order to gain access; that's just not how attacks work. The modern hacker (and pen tester on the security research side) uses automated tools that typically include dictionary-type password-cracking tools. These are tools that will hit a given Website log-in form with every word combination in a dictionary (for example, every word in the English language). So whether you choose "123456" or the word "dog," it's just as easy to crack.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Password Security Requires Multiple Layers of Protection

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.