RIM is gearing up to launch what they hope will be a huge boost to the struggling BlackBerry with the launch of BlackBerry OS 10 on January 30. But if you're planning on using a BlackBerry once the new OS launches, you might need to reconsider that password you've been using for ages.
A blog on Network World (shared via Reddit) explains that BlackBerry has blacklisted 106 words which it deems to be unsecure. Based on the data RIM has collected, the most common (and therefore least secure) passwords aren't going to be available to users once BlackBerry OS 10 hits.
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According to a RIM spokesperson, the ban on the 106 words won't be limited to new BB10 devices, either. Any device with a BlackBerry ID will be impacted by this change.
What's interesting about this list is the apparent prejudice against fictional and cartoon characters — although in reality, the passwords aren't banned because RIM has a prejudice against fans of Beavis and Butthead or Calvin and Hobbes, it's because the character names are so widely used, they're a security hazard.
Winnie-the-Pooh characters seemed to be a very popular choice with BlackBerry users, as Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet and Poohbear all made the list. Other fictional character names on the list include Mickey, Calvin, Butthead, Gandalf, Merlin and Snoopy.
BlackBerry's Canadian roots show through this list, too: Canada, hockey and Molson are all included.
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Here's the full list of prohibited passwords for BlackBerry ID, via Rapid Berry (note, some use strong language):
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