Until recently, it was widely thought that the most common password people use for their computers and for password-protected web sites and web services was “Password.”
Now comes news that last year’s Adobe security breach has revealed a new most common password: “123456.”
The Curmudgeon recalls when he first went online, back in 1995, and signed up for an America Online account (stop snickering; he heard that. AOL was definitely the right choice for 1995). It never occurred to him that he’d need a password, so he thought for a moment and decided that the best way to open the magic gate to internet access would be with the password “sesame” – as in (no, not sesame seed bun) “open sesame.” How can you beat symbolism for originality in such a mundane context?
And he was pretty proud of his clever little thought for about two years, when he read an article about the most common internet passwords.
Naturally, “sesame” was number one.
So much for original thinking.