24 of 27Image
Password leaks: LinkedIn, Last.fm, eHarmony
The cause of the breaches was not important, as such. What happened, happened, and millions were left frustrated and angry at the lack of communication from the companies. What was the fact that these companies failed to 'salt' user passwords -- a method of additional encryption security -- which would have made it far more difficult to crack. While the passwords that were leaked were illegible to the human eye, running it past a password cracker showed how easy simple, less secure passwords were to crack.