NPR logo

Computer Users Encouraged To Come Up With Better Passwords

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/264742914/264742915" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Computer Users Encouraged To Come Up With Better Passwords

Around the Nation

Computer Users Encouraged To Come Up With Better Passwords

Computer Users Encouraged To Come Up With Better Passwords

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/264742914/264742915" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

According to SplashData's annual survey of bad passwords, password has fallen to second place as the most common one. The most common password: 123456.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, and if I had to guess what your computer password is, my best bet until now would be P-A-S-S-W-O-R-D. But Internet users finally got the message that password is a pretty terrible one if the goal is security. According to SplashData's annual survey of bad passwords, password has fallen to second place as the most common password now that more people are turning to: 123456. It's MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.