Almost all pieces of software now insist on long, complex passwords. If passwords are long enough (8 characters, say) and contain numbers, lower case characters, upper case letters and some punctuation, hackers simply can't guess or be lucky and find a matching combination.
It's for this reason that we were surprised that Microsoft Excel - the most popular spreadsheet software in the world - still allows "password" to be used as a password when encrypting a file! We found this out when testing encryption methods when preparing a webinar for our Alpha Legal users. In 2021 this is simply unacceptably sloppy on their part - it's encouraging users to use guessable passwords when potentially storing sensitive data and this should not be possible.
Here's a demonstration showing that Excel still allows "password" to be used as the "secure password" for an encrypted file:
|This screen recording shows me typing "password" into the password box - really!|
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