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Breaking a password is a matter of seconds

1 March 2013

The time that an average user spends to come up with a password is considerably longer than the time needed to break it. Furthermore, 90% of users’ passwords can be broken within seconds.
These are the results of a research conducted by Deloitte Canada.

The most typical mistakes that users make while selecting a password: use of the same password for different accounts (sites and services), predictable passwords, simple passwords (digital, same letter case, dictionary-based).

Considering today’s growth of available computing power and the possibility of using cluster computing (uniting many computers into a single network for solving a specific computing task), the efficiency of password breaking techniques has increased manifold.

Large companies are already working on additional user authentication method that will be more efficient than passwords in the long run.
It is assumed that these methods will include passwords delivered in text messages, fingerprint scanning and so on. Google, for instance, is working on special RFID tags for user authorization.
The most popular (and, therefore, the least reliable) passwords in 2012 were:

  • password
  • 123456
  • 12345678
  • abc123
  • qwerty
  • monkey
  • letmein
  • dragon
  • 111111
  • baseball
  • iloveyou
  • trustno1
  • 1234567
  • sunshine
  • master
  • 123123
  • welcome
  • shadow
  • ashley
  • football
  • Jesus
  • michael
  • ninja
  • mustang
  • password1