2021 / Data theft / Uncategorized

This football club is most often used as a password!

This football club is most often used as a password!

Football clubs are often used as passwords. How often exactly? We took a closer look at this! You can register quickly on platforms, websites or in apps – if it weren’t for the annoying password. But how do you remember all the passwords?

Obviously, many people use their football clubs to assign passwords. These are, at least in part, surprisingly often used as passwords. How often exactly? You can find that out from our count!

“schalke04” is the football club that is most often used as a password!

The difference between first and last place is extensive. Between the Gelsenkirchen-based Schalke04 football club (1st place) and the Nuremberg club (18th place) there are about 50,000 uses. Where does your soccer club appear? Look in this list, look for your favorite club.

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How do you get these numbers? Different reasons speak for – or against – the use of different passwords. We try to explain why “schalke04” is number 1:

The standard requirements for the allocation of passwords are meanwhile:

  • At least 6 characters
  • Letter
  • numbers

Depending on the platform, website or app, these requirements may be stricter and more relaxed. However, the “Schalke04” meets most requirements. In contrast to Schalke04, “BVB09” is simply too short for many forms. Maybe fans of BVB09 will switch over to the Gelsenkirchen fans and use “schalke04” as their password? Hardcore fans wouldn’t think of that either. Could also be a security feature.

Select a football club as password? A bad idea!

At the end of all speculation it must still be mentioned that no matter which password one chooses, it should have no personal reference. This also includes the football club, hobbies, names of friends or family members. Prefabricated password lists are available in many variations.

Creating a personalized password list from the football clubs of the world is not a big challenge. If this information is already suitable for guessing your own password, you should have made a little more effort when assigning it.

For determining the numbers

For our research, we used Troy Hunt’s 5.5 billion stolen records. Further information regarding the numbers is available on request: kontakt@aware7.de

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Chris Wojzechowski

Mein Name ist Chris Wojzechowski und ich habe vor wenigen Jahren meinen Master in Internet-Sicherheit in Gelsenkirchen studiert. Ich bin geschäftsführender Gesellschafter der AWARE7 GmbH und ausgebildeter IT-Risk Manager, IT-Grundschutz Praktiker (TÜV) und besitze die Prüfverfahrenskompetenz für § 8a BSIG. Unser Brot und Buttergeschäft ist die Durchführung von Penetrationstests. Wir setzen uns darüber hinaus für ein breites Verständnis für IT-Sicherheit in Europa ein und bieten aus diesem Grund den Großteil unserer Produkte kostenfrei an.