A new report from password manager Specialist Dashlane has looked at the state of password security around the world and claims that many of us are still not as protected as we need to be.
In what is said to be the first global analysis of its kind, Dashlane used its own algorithm to measure the strength of its users’ passwords and create a health score of 100.
The report found that Eastern Europe had the highest average score at 76.4, closely followed by the continent’s northern and western regions with scores of 74.3 and 73.4, respectively. Southern Europe was at the bottom with a global average score of 71.4.
Europe at the top
Central and South America, East and Southeast Asia, and South and East Africa scored between 72 and 73 in the next scoring group.
The Middle East, Central and South Asia, North and West Africa and Oceania were among the laggards. North America came last with a score of 69.1, with almost 20% of all their passwords being compromised.
According to Dashlane, scores of 90 and above are considered good, with anything below that needing improvement, so it seems like the whole world needs to get better, something password generators could potentially capitalize on.
Dashlane scoring algorithm
Dashlane rated its users based on the vulnerabilities they identified and the quality of their most important passwords, e.g. B. those used for banking, email and social media. Its algorithm constantly works in the background of your system to make its assessments and focuses on four key areas.
It is checked whether there were any data breaches related to your accounts by monitoring the dark web and flagging potentially compromised passwords. Points will also be deducted from your score if you have similar passwords to those that were compromised. The algorithm also checks the number of reused or similar passwords for all accounts, and the more you have, the lower your score.
The strength of each individual password is also measured against the industry standard zxcvbn score (opens in new tab) – the same used by most websites and platforms that tell you the strength of your newly created password.
Dashlane’s algorithm also excludes certain passwords from the rating system, arguing that not all passwords are indicative of your overall health – some have certain limitations that the user cannot control, such as: B. Passcodes for smartphones and Wi-Fi passwords. Also likely to be excluded are credentials from the business password manager branch.
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