The only secure password is the one you can’t remember.
June 7, 2011 4:00 PM Subscribe
posted by -->NMN.80.418 (142 comments total)
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People who use Sony don't make very good passwords
. "None of this is overly surprising, although it remains alarming. We know passwords are too short, too simple, too predictable and too much like the other ones the individual has created in other locations. The bit which did take me back a bit was the extent to which passwords conformed to very predictable patterns, namely only using alphanumeric character, being 10 characters or less and having a much better than average chance of being the same as other passwords the user has created on totally independent systems."
"I thought it would be interesting to take a look at password practices from a real data source. I spend a bit of time writing about how people and software manage passwords and often talk about thing like entropy and reuse, but are these really discussion worthy topics? I mean do people generally get passwords right anyway and regularly use long, random, unique strings? We’ve got the data – let’s find out."
) hacked Sony Pictures
and released consumer data
as a torrent
. Troy Hunt
analyzed the resulting data.