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The Most Common Numbers In 10 Million Passwords

The primary purpose of a password is to serve as an unique verification identifier for a given user. Ideally, the password for a given website or service should be both random and unique; if the letters and/or numbers in the password follow any patterns, then they might be easier to guess by an intruder. For example, someone may put their birth year such as “1987″ or “1988″ in their password, which makes the passwords easier to remember, but consequently easier to break.


Great, Drones Are Spying On Mobile Phone Signals Now

Right now, at least one ad company is using drones to spy on unsuspecting citizens. And it’s having a “ton of fun” doing it.


Leaked Data From 30,000 Swiss HSBC Bank Accounts Reveals Mass Tax Avoidance

A slew of 30,000 leaked Swiss HSBC bank account details — what The Guardian calls the “biggest banking leak in history” — lays bare the practices of the organisation and its customers. And it doesn’t look pretty.


Obama's Latest NSA 'Reform' Is Predictably Weak

If this is NSA reform, it’s pretty pitiful. The Obama administration will announce new rules today that will force the intelligence agency to delete data about Americans that was “incidentally” collected — basically, accidentally scooped up in an overly broad search query. As of now, the US government collects and stores all that personal data, which does absolutely nothing to help protect national security. Now the NSA will be legally required to wipe it.


A Year Of Presidential Travel, Mapped

In 2014, US President Obama travelled a bewildering over 188,000 miles (302,557km) — at least according to the best estimates of the Washington Post. This maps shows where he went.


A Health-Tracking App Analysed My Blood And Told Me I'm 31 Going On 54

It sounds like a pretty damn good deal: Pay a hundred bucks for a blood test and get five simple personalised nutrition tips that promise to add years to your life. Sold! I tried it. And I found, as with any data-based health app, its claims need to be taken with a hulking heap of salt.


How To Stop Data Thieves From Stealing Information Off Your Old Gadgets

Considering our collective thirst to upgrade to the latest shiny gadget, it’s not surprising that consumer electronics generate a nasty amount of waste — some three million tonnes of e-waste year. We are device-gobbling monsters who grow strong on the gleaming newness of our machines. But tossing out “old” devices creates an overlooked hazard.


The CIA Has Cleared Its Own Spies Of Snooping On US Senate Computers

Remember how the CIA was forced to admit that it had “improperly penetrated” Senate Intelligence Committee computers? Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, a CIA-led investigation has cleared the agency of misdemeanour, calling the incident a “mistake” and certainly not “malfeasance”.


Obama Wants Stricter Data Privacy Laws (That Still Aren't So Strict)

US President Obama will announce two new pieces of legislation today that are designed to protect consumers from the massive data breaches and students from greedy companies that want their data. Good idea! However, some think Obama’s plan doesn’t sound like it provides quite enough protection. But it’s still a good idea!


The Weekend Wikipedia Went 'Brainf*k' Crazy

Quartz has put together a neat interactive chart that shows the most popular Wikipedia entry on each day of 2014. Most of them make sense, with articles corresponding with current events like the World Cup in June, or Joan Rivers when she died in early September. But there are some outliers. Like on August 29 and 30, an idle Friday and Saturday, when the most-viewed entry was… brainf**k?