Who has better passwords? Men or Women?

A few days ago Tonu Samuel published the distribution of passwords between men and women for a site with more than 800,000 users.

Who do you think is better at passwords? Let the gender war begin…

At total, they got around 700,000 males and 130,000 female users, but let’s look at the percentages.

  • Percentage of users using their first or last name as their password (or a combination of the two):

    Male: 5.5%
    Female: 6.2%

  • Passwords by size
  • Male:
    6 chars: 31%
    8 chars: 19%
    7 chars: 16%
    9 chars: 7%
    5 chars: 7%
    4 chars: 6%

    6 chars: 31%
    8 chars: 18%
    7 chars: 17%
    5 chars: 8%
    9 chars: 7%
    4 chars: 7%

As you can see, the percentages are very close. My conclusion is that men and women are equally bad at creating passwords :) If you look at the document, the most used passwords are still “123456”, “password”, “qwerty”, etc… These basic combinations are used by more than 5% of all accounts.

About David Dede

David Dede is a Security Researcher at Sucuri. He spends most of his time dissecting vulnerabilities and security issues. You won't find him on Twitter because he is paranoid about privacy.