Passwords

Get This: Sony Hack Reveals Company Stored Passwords in Folder Labeled 'Password'

Get This: Sony Hack Reveals Company Stored Passwords in Folder Labeled 'Password'
Image credit: 360b / Shutterstock.com
Entrepreneur Staff
Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.
2 min read

The Sony hack revealed a lot of things. Celebrity social-security numbers. Employee salaries.  Even how the studio's employees really feel about Adam Sandler's body of work.

But there’s at least one more gem that was unearthed: Sony kept thousands of company and personal passwords in a file called "Password.” Yes, seriously.

The folder stored more than 100 files with passwords -- labeled with titles like "website passwords" and "Server Privileged Access" -- to personal computers, servers, e-mail accounts, social media accounts for various films, media subscriptions and even passwords for credit card and insurance companies.

Related: Swallow This 'Password' Pill to Unlock Your Digital Devices

In other words, this is exactly what not to do when it comes to cyber security. 

So what can companies do to bolster their password security? Don't use the same password for all your platforms, change them frequently and look into a password manager that hasn't been the victim of a breach.

And instead of 123456 (please don't do this), create a password that's a mnemonic of a memorable phrase or that is at least eight characters with a combination of symbols, letters and numbers.

Related: How to Create a Super Strong Password (Infographic)

More from Entrepreneur

David provides constructive insight to help businesses focus on their company growth, build brand awareness and know when and how to raise money.
Book Your Session

For a limited time only, get this bundle of Entrepreneur PressĀ® titles for less than $30 (60% OFF) on our bookstore when you use "LEAP" at checkout.
Buy Now

Are paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.
Get Your Quote Now

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.