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‘Worst Internet Passwords’ Use Series Characters’ Names

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A study published by Mozilla last Thursday (14) revealed that most of the passwords violated on the Internet use characters from series and sports. According to the survey, more than 370,000 users adopt the names of characters from the comedy series Friends in their security codes. Among sports fans, the number is even greater: more than one million people incorporate sports such as football, baseball and football into passwords.

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The company behind Firefox Monitor found information available on HaveIBeenPwned (HIBP), a website that analyzes e-mails and compares them to databases of breached credentials on the Internet. When searching for bad passwords manually, the researchers came across a plethora of codes related to pop culture and American sitcoms like Friends and Seinfield.

1 of 3 Sitcom characters like Friends serve as inspiration for passwords and pose risks to online security – Photo: Disclosure / WarnerMedia

Sitcom characters like Friends inspire passwords and pose risks to online security – Photo: Disclosure / WarnerMedia

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The character George, from the comedy series Seinfeld (Jason Alexander), was used as a password by more than 230,000 users. Among fans of the sitcom Friends, in turn, the most loved protagonist is Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), whose name appears in more than 130 thousand passwords. According to the researchers, the data is worrying, since both codes are simple, with few characters and easy to guess.

2 of 3 Fans use characters from comedy series as passwords for services such as email and social networks – Photo: Disclosure / Mozilla

Fans use characters from comedy series as passwords for services such as email and social media – Photo: Disclosure / Mozilla

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The situation is repeated among sports fans: American football, baseball, soccer, basketball and hockey are just some of the modalities used as credentials to access services such as e-mails, e-commerce sites and social networks. «These bad passwords are not only weak, they have also been breached,» explains the report.

The researchers believe that those who use such weak codes also tend to reuse them in more than one service. The danger of this practice is that if hackers have access to a website’s credentials, all other addresses with the same login and password can be hacked from the discovered combination.

3 of 3 Using sports as a password compromises code security, says study – Photo: Disclosure / Mozilla

Using sports as a password compromises code security, says study – Photo: Disclosure / Mozilla

What to do to not be a victim of leaks?

First of all, it is important not to repeat the same password on different sites, which avoids scams credential stuffing. To ensure the security of information, Mozilla also recommends the use of password managers, programs that use encryption to protect codes. Last but not least, give preference to long passwords, with more than nine or ten characters, and that combine upper and lower case letters, numbers and special symbols. If you’re having trouble creating the combination, try using online generators.

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