10 Password Security Statistics

Even as cybersecurity threats have grown and evolved, companies are still relying on passwords alone to be an effective security measure. Today’s password security statistics tell the real story of how dangerous that outdated thinking can be.


These 10 statistics clearly show that passwords are definitely not the last word in data loss prevention.

  • At least 65% of people reuse passwords across multiple sites.
  • A terrifying 13% of people use the same password for all passworded accounts and devices.
  • About 80% of data breaches in 2019 were caused by password compromise.
  • Although 91% of participants in a recent survey understand the risk of password reuse, 59% admitted to doing it anyway.
  • In 2019, 42% of companies were breached by a bad password.
  • Unfortunately, 48% of workers use the same passwords in both their personal and work accounts.
  • Compromised passwords are responsible for 81% of hacking-related breaches.
  • The average person reuses each password 14 times!
  • An estimated 49% of employees only add a digit or change a character in their password when they’re required to update it.
  • Passwords were leakedin about 65% of the breaches that happened in 2019.

Don’t make these common password mistakes.

Showing your team pride when creating a password. Worst choices:

  1. rolltide
  2. Yankees
  3. steelers
  4. eagles
  5. redox

Rock doesn’t make sweet password music. Worst choices:

  1. blink182
  2. rush2112
  3. beatles
  4. blondie
  5. 8675309

Your heroes aren’t password heroes. Worst choices:

  1. tigger
  2. snoopy
  3. mickey
  4. superman
  5. batman

The MaCorr Team

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