Analysis shows people are using stronger passwords

A recent post on Ars Technica provides an interesting look at the strength of passwords.

People seem to be getting the message about using strong passwords, because the worst passwords are being used less frequently. For example, the notoriously bad password ‘123456’ was used in less than 1% of the sample data, down from 8.5% in previous studies.

But while these findings are encouraging, it’s important to recognize that the data is likely skewed, because it is mostly obtained from public dumps of data taken from compromised systems.

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Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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