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Passwords test memory

Passwords test memory
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At euronews we have been asked to change the password of our computer.

Many of us have difficulty remembering the new password which we have to create. In this edition of Hi-Tech we look at those keywords which we keep to ourselves and which keep our secrets.

But how is it possible to look at people’s passwords if they are secret? One study comes from researchers in Ontario University, Canada, who analysed 32 million passwords, published by a hacker who cracked a database of an on-line gaming website. Here are some of the conclusions.

Twenty-four is the average number of passwords that each user has to remember and 43 percent of people use the same password for more than one account.

Thirty-four percent of us use simple passwords, based on elemental concepts while 66 percent use complex passwords, based on algorithms or created by a computer

Many passwords are quite easy to discover for example 17 percent use birthdays, ten percent use their name or family name while nine percent use pet names.

Sometimes we get upset when we don’t remember a password. So we use different methods to remember them.

Seventy one percent learn passwords by heart, 12 percent write it on their computer or smartphone 10 percent write it down on paper and seven percent save it using special programmes.

The most common passwords used in the world are Password, 123456, abc123, 111111, master, Jesus.

Let’s finish with a romantic story about passwords. A young lady had always used a password linked to her broken love. And when she met him again after many years he asked her if she had ever thought of him during this long period of time. And she said “About every day logging in to my computer.”