While it’s never recommended to use your mother maiden’s name for a password, if it happens to be fifteen or more characters long, you might be in the clear from a brute force attack. In order to report on how secure the average American’s password is, the Safety.com research team conducted a survey of 1,210 US residents about the length and complexity of their passwords. Key findings:
- 67.3% of survey respondents said their average password was equal to or less than eight characters long.
- 7.8% of respondents said their average password was less than five characters long.
- 19.3% of respondents said their average password was fifteen characters or more.
- Adults younger than 25 and older than 55 were amongst the groups with the shortest passwords.
- The survey collected 1,210 responses from US residents and was conducted December 29th, 2020 through January 2nd, 2021. Respondents were 18 or older 52% of those surveyed were female and 48% were male. The survey did not ask for any passwords or personally identifiable information.