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Understanding password behavior key to developing stronger cybersecurity protocols

March 13, 2023

Passwords are still the weakest link in an organization’s network, as proven by the analysis of over 800 million breached passwords, according to Specops Software.

The study found 88% of passwords used in successful attacks consisted of 12 characters or less, with the most common being 8 characters (24%).

The most common base terms used in passwords were: ‘password’, ‘admin’, ‘welcome’ and ‘p@ssw0rd’.

Passwords containing only lowercase letters were the most common character combination found, making up 18.82% of passwords used in attacks.

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