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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • How many people used a recognizable word, or a name, or a word plus one or more digits; and how many used an (apparently) randomly generated password?
    • The problem is a bit worse than what the data implies. I won't speak for others, but quite some time ago, I received some email implying that someone was trying to get my password. Since I had been bad and reused a password, I immediately changed mine to a unique password. Now, I have a different password management system whereby I have unique, very hard to guess passwords for most critical sites.

      In the case of Perlmonks, I switched mine to pineappl. I really didn't care if that account got hacked and I deliberately chose an easy-to-remember password (why that one would be easy for me to remember for that site is something no one would guess :). However, you'll note that I left off the final 'e' in that word. That's because apparently, passwords are limited to eight characters! That makes hacking passwords much easier.

      I also note in reviewing people's passwords that many people have chosen passwords for, um, curious reasons.