LinkedIn, Hacks, and Fanfic
The big social media news of the week is that 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords got stolen. A hacker broken into a LinkedIn server, stole the account information and published the passwords online, without accompanying usernames. Supposedly, the goal wasn’t to compromise anyone’s account specifically, but to prove that he could do it. At which point, he probably stuck his tongue out at the computer and said, “Na Na Boo Boo.” Clearly, this was a very mature hacker.
Mashable has been reporting on the hack and is linking to a LastPass tool that will allow you to see if your password is on the list. Basically, you type in your password, without typing in your username, and LastPass tells you if that password is anywhere on the list of 6.5 million passwords. Since usernames aren’t associated with the passwords on the list, LastPass can’t tell you if your individual password was compromised, but it can tell you if the account of someone with that password was comprised. Essentially, if your password is on the list, you should change it. (Okay, it’s probably a good idea for everyone to change their passwords, regardless of if they appear on the list.)
LastPass’s tool is meant for you to check to see if your password was on the list, but it’s also a way to check what other people use as their passwords. So, go ahead, type something in and see if it’s one of 6.5 million people’s LinkedIn passwords. But, don’t complain if you go down a rabbit hole of typing in random, ridiculous things and lose hours of you life. I’m warning you right now that it’s addicting.
So, let’s start with the basics, the things that everyone knows not to use as their passwords:
password Yep, it’s on the list
password1 Yes, that, too
password2 Uh huh
password4 Still there… this is getting ridiculous
password20 Also on the list
Okay, so clearly the rule that you shouldn’t use “password” as your password hasn’t made it to everyone yet. How about not using strings of characters?
abc123 Yes, it’s a password
abcdef Not on the list! We have a winner!
123456 On the list. (That winning didn’t turn into much of a streak.)
asdfjkl; Yep, it’s there.
So, apparently the rule about not use character strings still needs to go viral.
At this point, I’m bored with guessing really bad passwords and want to see the most dorky passwords I can find. And yes, being able to find the dorky passwords implies that I’m dorky enough to attempt to do so.
StarWars That, too
HarryPotter Of course it is!
EdwardCullen Yes… this makes me sad.
I’m going to just give up and declare EdwardCullen the saddest LinkedIn password ever. Because really, it’s a professional networking site, not a fanfic writing community. And, since this post is dragging me down rabbit holes, I need to report that there are people that list the fanfic’s that they’ve written in their LinkedIn profiles. (Yes, this implies that I did just go search LinkedIn for “fanfic.”)
I really don’t know who to feel about that… My initial reaction is just a big old ball of snark, but I guess if I’d written something like The Draco Trilogy that thousands of people had read, I’d consider it a pretty big professional accomplishment, too. To be fair, I do list this blog on my LinkedIn; and maybe that’s not too far off from someone posting about her fanfic writing accomplishments.
And, that’s where we’re going to wrap this post. Before I stumble into any weirder corners of the internet than I already have.
Questions of the day: Are you on LinkedIn? Did you password get hacked? If you’re on LinkedIn, how much of your personal hobbies do you share on there? Would you admit to being a fanfic author? Are you a fanfic author? (Please say yes!)
Formerly MaggieCakes, Maggie (not Margaret) covers technology’s impact on culture, specifically on how we interact or connect with each other. Have a question or an idea you’d like me to write about? Leave a comment, or send me an e-mail: moc.teragramtoneiggam@eiggam