Study shows technical individuals choose better passwords

A research at Carnegie Mellon University tested how likely a password is to be guessed, segmented by the faculty of the password owner. The news were covered in Ars Technica.

Password Guessing Segmented

Password Guessing Segmented

To me this is scientific proof that technically inclined individuals care about computer security more than non-technical ones. I would go as far as to offer a broader theory that the better your understanding of computer systems is, the further you will go to take measures to protect yourself against cyber security threats. This might sound trivial to you, but this landmark study provides scientific data to support such a theory.

I have known for a while that there is a correlation between non-technical individuals and IT support tickets. Unfortunately, business individuals in companies are also the weakest link when it comes to security. When you don’t understand something it is very easy to convince yourself that nothing will happen and that you are OK.

Be cyber-safe.

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