Think Sports Teams Make a Good Password? Think Again

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Keeper Security, Inc., the creator of Keeper®, the world’s “leading password manager and secure digital vault,” today announced the results of their first ever “Password Madness.” In an internal study of leaked passwords that were discovered by 4iQ from the Dark Web, Keeper pulled and analyzed 28.7 million passwords to determine their relation to sports teams and mascots.

“People often choose their passwords based on something they can easily remember, such as a mother’s maiden name, a family pet, or in this case, a school mascot. But those are the easiest passwords for hackers to crack,” said Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-founder of Keeper Security. “Since most people reuse the same password more than 80 percent of the time this can compromise consumers’ banking, retail and social media accounts.”

Of all the passwords looked at, those containing “Tiger” and its variations (such as “T1ger”, “T1g3r”, etc.) appeared nearly 850 percent more than the least common password, which was “Bluejay” and its variations, and 187 percent more than passwords containing variations of “Eagle”, which was the second most common password set found.

Keeper Security recommends fans avoid honoring their team with a password and instead concentrate on using unique, high-strength, passwords for each login that contains at least eight random characters of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols. When shopping for a password manager be sure that it utilizes zero-knowledge security architecture and is SOC-2 certified.

According to a statement, “Keeper Security is transforming the way businesses and individuals protect their passwords and sensitive digital assets to significantly reduce cyber theft. As the leading password manager and digital vault, Keeper helps millions of people and thousands of businesses substantially mitigate the risk of a data breach and at the same time, enhance productivity. With the introduction of KeeperChat, Keeper is on its way to becoming the leading zero-knowledge security software company in the world. Keeper is SOC-2 Certified and utilizes best-in-class encryption to safeguard its customers.”

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