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Poll: Do you have secure online passwords?

A study shows that many Irish people use easily-hackable media and pop culture phrases.

A STUDY BEING highlighted today shows people in Ireland often use well-known pop culture terms and phrases as well as the names of favourite brands, broadcasters and TV shows as their online passwords. 

Terms like ‘barrystea’, ‘fatherted’, ‘glenroe’ and ‘joeduffy’ all cropped up on the list – as did the likes of the ever popular ‘riverdance’ and superhoofer Michael Flatley’s ‘lordofthedance’. 

“Avoid easily recognisable phrases,” Dr Hazel Murray from Cyber Skills commented as part of an awareness campaign. “Glenroe finished over 20 years ago on TV yet it’s been used nearly 90 times in the hacked password database.”

Today we’re asking: Are you happy you have a secure password? 

Poll Results:

Yes (4006)
Well holy God, I thought I did until I read this poll (834)
No (744)
Flatley, I've no interest in this subject (307)

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