30 years of failure: the username/password combination

October 14th, 2009 by Dev Team in Life, News

A new study, which is being published in the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, details just how long we’ve been aware of the password problem. It cites a study of Unix passwords from 1979, which showed that about 30 percent of the passwords were four characters or less, and about 15 percent being words that appear in the dictionary. Fast forward to 2006, when a separate survey of 34,000 MySpace passwords revealed that the most common were “password1”, “abc123”, “myspace1”, and “password”.


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  1. m said,

    on October 14th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    i have lost my pasword

  2. markoi said,

    on October 15th, 2009 at 5:19 am


  3. on October 24th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I realized this in Feb 2009 and embarked on a project to develop a password less solution.

    Called EasySecured, the solution does not require the user to define or enter any passwords and the website server also need not store any passwords.

    Please head over to my website, to experience this technology

  4. calypso said,

    on October 31st, 2009 at 5:51 am

    There are many firefox addons for handling and creating good passwords, why people are still trying to remember too easy passwords?. They should try to use a Firefox addon like this one :

  5. on January 18th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Nice! looking forward to the next entries from you..

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