Choosing the right password

February 12th, 2009 - 11:21 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Security LockA new US study says, passwords that show no imagination or distinctiveness are easy prey for information pirates. It will be better to think twice before selecting a particular password for emails, and even on line bank accounts as well as airline tickets.

A statistical analysis of 28,000 passwords recently stolen from a popular US website and posted on the Internet reveals that people often do the easy thing but it is also found that 16 per cent took a first name as a password, often their own or one of their children, according to the study published by Information Week. The other 14 per cent relies on the easiest keyboard combinations to remember like as ‘1234′ or ‘12345678′ and using English keyboards, ‘QWERTY”, was popular, ‘AZERTY’ scored with people with European keyboards.

The remaining 5 percent of the stolen passwords were names of television shows or stars popular with young people like ‘hannah,’ inspired by singer Hannah Montana. ‘Pokemon,’ “Matrix,’ and ‘Ironman’ were others.

The word ‘password,’ or easy to guess variations like ‘password1,’ accounted for four per cent. Three per cent of the passwords expressed attitudes like ‘I don’t care,’ ‘Whatever,’ ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ There were sentimental choices - ‘Iloveyou’ - and their opposite - ‘Ihateyou.’

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