Have a look at this sequence of numbers and letters “ji32k7au4a83“. It is hard to imagine that we are faced with a very common password that has already appeared in 141 data leaks, according to security website Have I Been Pwned.
Recently, software engineer Robert Ou went to Twitter. And he asked about this peculiar password. After all, why is this weird password extremely common and insecure? The explanation comes from Asia.
After Robert Ou raised the subject on Twitter, the Gizmodo folks managed to find the explanation behind that weak password that looks strong. According to the site, “ji32k7au4a83” means “MyPassword” in Taiwanese mandarin after being translated by the Zhuyin Fuhao transliteration system. The system uses the following keyboard:
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With this, to write the MyPassword password, the staff that uses the Zhuyin Fuhao system ends up typing “ji32k7au4a83”. They followed the pattern below:
- ji3 ->? M
- 2K7 ->? Y
- au4 ->? -> PASS
- a83 ->? WORD
Like “12345” or “qwerty”, the word “password” and some variations are constantly seen in the most used password lists on the internet. The “ji32k7au4a83” case shows that there are no language barriers for bad passwords. Meaning you’d better stay connected and be creative enough to create a secure login.
How to have a secure password?
If you use a password that is present in the list of common web passwords, it is highly recommended to change your password immediately.
If your password is not on the list, you can check if it has already appeared in a data leak through this tool I Have Been Been Pwned. This is one of today’s leading online security sites.
If the password has already been compromised and you are looking for a new one, we recommend reading our guide with tips on how to create strong and effective passwords and stay safe on the internet.