Hoylen's Weblog

Fri, 22 Jan 2010

Consumer password worst practices

How strong are your passwords? Despite lots of warnings, people still use weak passwords.

In December 2009, a cracker posted 32 million passwords onto the Internet. A security firm (Imperiva) calculated some statistics on these passwords. In their report they say:

  • About 30% of passwords are 6 characters or shorter.
  • About 60% of passwords only contain alpha-numeric characters.
  • About 50% were easily guessed names or words.

The most common password was "123456", followed by "12345", 123456789", "password", "iloveyou" and "princess". Read the Consumer password worst practices report to see what the top 20 passwords were, and for tips on using strong passwords so you don't become (literally in this case) a statistic.