I was just on the treadmill continuing my attempt to learn lip reading. See, I watch the television while exercising. However, I don’t listen to the tv. I actually listen to my iPod. I dutifully exercise this way day in and day out. I like keeping my brain and body moving continuously. Many people zombie out while exercising. I, on the other hand, read, watch tv, and listen to my music. It’s my version of mindfulness. More to come on that at a later date and time. Anyway, back to my recent treadmill run (actually more like speed walking).
I was engaged in my daily lip reading endeavor when I saw a news segment briefly go into crazy passwords. Apparently, the most popular password is “123456”. The eighth most popular password is “password”. Why? Have you not been watching the news this year?
I am not a hacker. Never want to be. But if I wanted to get into someone’s account, I now have two pretty good password leads. Isn’t that insane? Is can’t understand how this is allowed considering that you often need a mix of letters and numbers for your passwords.
Who picks these as their passwords? Here is my attempt at profiling those who use either of those passwords. First, they are new to the internet. Totally possible. Yes, even in this day and age. Second, they are lazy. Totally possible. Third, they want to get caught. Maybe they created a whole, wild story that they hope gets leaked. Fourth, they truly didn’t think anyone would figure it out since its so simple and obvious.
Well, it’s an interesting viewpoint on the world. Despite years upon years of social media, email and overall internet experience we still collectively act as if it’s all new and kind. On television, there are often all these tense scenes where someone’s life hangs in the balance while a group of good-willed nerds try to crack a password. It need not be so tense. Just try 123456 and Jane will be able to go free. Meanwhile, I’ll keep trying to learn to lip read and see what that gets me.