Surveys regularly reveal that the most common passwords in use are "123456" and "password."
One recent survey of 600 people shows:
- More than 37 percent admitted they only change their password if a site prompts them
- 11 percent have used the same password for at least seven years
- Men are 2.8 times more likely to use the word "password"
- Women are 1.3 times more likely to use a lover's name in their passwords
- Twenty-two percent admit they use the same password for every site
- Only 14 percent create a different password for each site
Chris Matyszczyk "Men use 'password' as their password far more than women" https://www.cnet.com/news/men-use-password-as-their-password-far-more-than-women/ (Dec. 10, 2017).
So, the question for our readers is: who is better at protecting passwords?
Please let us know what you think in the comment section or take the poll. Here are some opinions of some of the McCalmon editorial staff:
Jack McCalmon, Esq.
I think everyone can improve their password management, no matter their gender. What has helped me is to avoid "words" or "names" but instead to string together phrases or lyrics like "anappleaday" then tag symbols and numbers to it that I can remember "$20anappleaday18!". If I am required to change a password, I can easily remember it by sticking with the theme "keepsthedoctor" and then tag the symbols and numbers to it "$20keepsthedoctor18!".
Leslie Zieren, Esq.
I use a password manager app, so I only have to remember one password. And, I have a different one for every site. They are long and contain letters, numbers, and symbols.
You can provide a comment on what you would do or answer our poll. Please note any comments provided may be shared with others.