The Force won’t save you from these breached passwords #StarWarsDay
If your colleagues are Star Wars fans, they might be at risk for breached password use. This May the 4th, the unofficial Star Wars fandom holiday, Specops Software investigated which Star Wars themed passwords were most popular in breached password lists. This new research also coincides with the latest update to the Specops Breached Password Protection list.
According to our new research, which analyzed more than 800 million breached passwords, a subset of the more than 2 billion breached passwords in Specops Breached Password Protection, fan favorite Yoda took the #1 spot, showing up on breached password lists nearly 37,000 times. After that, “starwars” itself took the number two spot, showing up over 22,000 times with the adorable “ewok” trailing close behind at over 17,000 times.
Top 20 Star Wars themed passwords found in breached lists:
“I might be the biggest Star Wars fan at Specops, so I understand why Star Wars is such a source of inspiration for passwords” said Darren James, Product Specialist at Specops Software who has a Death Star clock in his office. “But the Force can’t save you from breached passwords. Only a solution like Specops Breached Password Protection can.”
Today also marks the addition of over 3 million leaked passwords to the Specops Breached Password Protection list. Specops Breached Password Protection blocks the use of over 2 billion known breached passwords in Active Directory.
You can find out how many of your Active Directory users are using leaked passwords like these by running a free read-only scan with Specops Password Auditor. Read more and download it here.
There are ways to prevent people from using leaked passwords. Specops Breached Password Protection works together with Specops Password Policy so that companies can block all passwords found on the list of over 2 billion compromised passwords, making it easy to comply with industry regulations, such as NIST or Cyber Essentials. The service blocks people from choosing banned passwords in Active Directory and informs the user as to why they cannot use the password.
About Specops Software
Specops Software is the leading provider of password management and authentication solutions. Specops protects your business data by blocking weak passwords and securing user authentication. With a complete portfolio of solutions natively integrated with Active Directory, Specops ensures sensitive data is stored on-premises and in your control. Every day thousands of organizations use Specops Software to protect business data.
Media Contact Aimée Ravacon, Specops Software, +46846501241