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The real reason why many of the hacked Adobe passwords were so dumb

Neil Bennett | Nov. 7, 2013
A researcher has found that many Adobe customers used really weak passwords such as 123456 – but there's a good reason why.

The problem comes when a password for something we consider to be trivial gives access to really important things like software and credit card details — and we don't change our passwords (or even think about it as we just log in with passwords saved in our browsers)

Part of me thinks that Adobe should have made customers change their weak passwords when customers used their Adobe IDs to buy software or subscribe to Creative Cloud — but we need to be aware that we should be doing that too.

Adobe needs to learn a lesson from this dangerous lapse in security — but it appears many of us do too.


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