My thoughts on Tech

On password reuse & password collection.

After 12+ years of collecting passwords, I have found a few interesting facts:

  • Although my list contains about 6 million username/password combos, the list only contains about 1,300,000 unique passwords.
  • Of those, approximately 300,000 of those passwords are used by more than one person; about 1,000,000 only appear once and a good portion of those are obviously generated by a computer.
  • The list of the top 20 passwords rarely changes and 1 out of every 50 people uses one of these passwords

via How I Collect Passwords « Xato.

I’ve mentioned previous why it’s a bad idea to re use passwords. And it’s come to bite me long after getting rid of the habit.

I recommend LastPass. Even better, LastPass Premium. It’s worth the cost and even more so. And don’t forget to enable 2-factor auth on your Google Account.

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