8 Days of Monkey Mayhem

8 Days to the World Science Fiction Convention.

Just found out that I’ll be accepting my prize for the short story competition at the awards ceremony on the Friday night.

For some reason monkeys seem particularly popular with computer programmers as well. ThinkGeek‘s logo is a monkey

And they offer a Killer Coding Ninja Monkeys t-shirt for sale.

And monkey is one of the most commonly chosen words for computer passwords.

After a security breach, researchers were able to analyse 32 million real passwords chosen by users at a photo-sharing web site.

The twenty most common passwords:

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789
  4. Password
  5. iloveyou
  6. princess
  7. rockyou
  8. 1234567
  9. 12345678
  10. abc123
  11. Nicole
  12. Daniel
  13. babygirl
  14. monkey
  15. Jessica
  16. Lovely
  17. michael
  18. Ashley
  19. 654321
  20. Qwerty

One of the reasons given for why monkey is such a popular password is that many sites require a six-character minimum password and monkey is an easy one to remember.

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3 comments on “8 Days of Monkey Mayhem
  1. Andy Smith says:

    What proportion of the 32 million users use one of those twenty?

  2. Aidan says:

    The report on this incident is at
    http://www.imperva.com/docs/WP_Consumer_Password_Worst_Practices.pdf

    The top 5000 most commmonly used passwords covered 20% of 32 million people.

  3. Andy Smith says:

    Oh, cool, thanks!

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