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1/31/2020
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'George' the Most Popular Password That's a Name

A new study of stolen passwords reflects the consequences of password overload.

The most common type of password is a name, and the most common name password is George, according to a new analysis of compromised credentials found in the Dark Web.

ID Agent, a Kaseya company, found that names account for nearly 37% of password types per 1,000 records, followed by words (16.1%) and easy-to-remember keystroke patterns (8.7%). The findings were pulled from a random sample of more than 1 billion pilfered credentials in the past 12 months.

Passwords on average were 7.7 characters in length; the most popular word password was sunshine, and abcd1234 was the most common keystroke-pattern password.

The lame state of password creation doesn't really come as a surprise. "Passwords are often deeply personal expressions of oneself, with the goal of making them easier to remember. However, remembering which extension is becoming increasingly difficult in our hyper-digital daily lives," the company wrote in post on the data. "In fact, it is estimated that average US adult has between 90 and 135 different applications that require a set of credentials (usernames and/or email addresses and password combination) needed for access."

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1/31/2020 | 6:38:29 PM
Complexity Requirements
Another item that comes to mind is that complexity requirements need to be drastically increased if we are to continue to rely on passwords as our means for singular authentication.
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1/31/2020 | 6:37:19 PM
Password
This is why passwords remain the weakest form of authentication and why MFA is imperative. Not only as an option but as a requirement.
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