Password and 123456 top the list of 25 most used passwords

“Password” and “123456” top software firm SplashData’s list of the 25 most commonly used passwords used on the Internet this year.

Other common passwords include simple numerical choices like “123456,” common names like “ashley” and “michael,” and patterns based on the layout of the keyboard like “qwerty” and “qazwsx.”

Men say Internet access more important than personal hygiene, sex and alcohol

In the incredibly useless but amusing information department, a new survey has found that men aged 18 to 45 believe Internet access is more important than personal hygiene, sex and alcohol.

World could run out of Internet Addresses in 2012

This week, the IDG news service reports The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) assigned two blocks of IPv4 addresses to the Asia-Pacific Network which leaves just five (out of 256) major address blocks to be allocated.

Under IANA rules, each of the five regional internet registries (African, America, Asia-pacific, Latin America/Caribbean and Europe/Middle East/Central Asia) will receive one of the remaining blocks.

Video traffic to surpass P2P Internet traffic in 2010

Global Internet video traffic will surpass global peer-to-peer traffic by the end of 2010 Cisco Systems’ third annual Visual Networking Index Forecast.

This will mark the first time in the last 10 years that peer-to-peer traffic will not be the largest Internet traffic type.

World Wide Web surpasses 193 million domains

The World Wide Web grew by 1 million domain names in the first quarter of 2010, according to the “Domain Name Industry Brief” report out this week from Verisign.

The report finds the number of registered domain names ended the first quarter of 2010 with a base of more than 193 million domain name registrations, an increase of 11 million domain name registrations, or 6 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2009.

Sixty percent of Americans get their news both online and offline

According to a recent report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the overwhelming majority of Americans (92%) use multiple platforms to get their daily news with the internet now being the third most-popular news platform.