With many Talk Talk customers already enraged about the recent theft of sensitive information, Southend News Network can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that Britain’s favourite password is ‘password.’
We have obtained access to a section of the information that was taken in the theft, and in 95% of all customer records the password was simply set as ‘password’ without any capital letters, numbers or special characters. We then conducted our own research and discovered that in the majority of cases, their bank cards had the PIN number ‘1234.’
Reginald Bottomsley-Tictac, 54, North Essex, was one of the customers who was affected by the Talk Talk data theft – he has now found that his bank account has been cleaned out, his mobile phone credit has been used up, and that all of the Marmite has been taken from the jar at the back of his cupboard. We sat down for a chat with him to find out more about his experience.
‘He said, ‘My password for everything has been ‘password’ for as long as I can remember, and I am utterly shocked that I have been targeted in this manner. I have never given this out to anyone, other than the neighbours’ eldest son, but then I ask him to check my email for me and read my bank statements online as I really don’t like computers very much.’
The telephone then rang, and Mr Bottomsley-Tictac paused for a moment in our conversation while he gave his sort code, account number and DNA sample to someone from UK Telecom Services Utilities Limited PLC – he admitted afterwards that he can’t even remember if he has an account with them.
SOUTHEND NEWS NETWORK TOP TIPS
- If you do not want to have a password on your home wireless network, encase your whole house in 3 foot thick lead plates to ensure that nobody else can pick it up outside. People living in an apartment block should consider moving their property to an isolated countryside location.
- For any online services, choose a password that is easy to remember but not easy for someone else to guess. If you really insist on having ‘password’, at the very least you should repeat it to have ‘passwordpassword’ or something similar.
- If you need to read out your credit or debit card number over the phone in a public place, try saying it as loudly as possible, but wave your hands around as much as you can to distract people that are trying to listen. When they ask for the 3 digits on the back of the card, read these over in a Jamaican accent for added protection.
- A reputable company would never call you up and ask for any sensitive details, unless of course they have lost them or had them stolen by some sort of hackers.
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