As you would know by now that the
Gawker commenting user's passwords have been hacked and they have asked all their users to change the passwords immediately.
Gawker Media's servers were compromised, resulting in a security breach at Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel,
io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot. As a result, the user name and password associated with your comment account were released on the internet. If you're a commenter on any of these sites, you probably have your password leaked.
has decrypted the password list and created this infographic. It clearly shows up that the most common password that people use is 123456
even though they know that how easy it is guess this password.
has created a small to check the list of leaked user names and passwords. You can simply input your email or user name of Gawker and it will tell you if it is on the hacked usernames or not. If it is there, you should immediately change the password.
Changing the password on gawker and your other web log-ins becomes all the way more important in case if you have the same user name password combination. The user name (email) and password combination of Gawker comment system users is already public and you never know who might be looking out to steal your web identity.
It is important to have a strong password that cannot be easily guessed. There are many online tools and utilities available to find the strength of passwords. Here is one from Am22tech:
Check your password strength.