What’s in a password? The good, the bad and the blatantly obvious.

Research suggests that around half of all users’ passwords follow only 13 basic structures – making them easier to decipher by hackers.

In truth it’s likely to be far less complex, given we’re all creatures of habit and generally the password we rely on for opening our cable TV account is likely to be similar to the one we use for online banking.

Generally the structure of passwords are typically eight letters, a single capital letter at the beginning, followed by the password text plus two digits – often the year of birth or the year of graduation.


In the UK, they will often hinge on a favourite football team or rugby club.

But even more bizarre is the seemingly prevalent use of the word ‘password’ as a personal default password.

Of course, passwords may soon be obsolete given some super-smart folk are now developing the next-generation biometric security techniques that rely on electronic implants or ingestible capsules – yes really – so just try hacking what was just eaten with lunch.

A number of tech companies are reported to be looking at ways to replace passwords with a host of biometric applications that are more advanced even than the fingerprint techniques becoming widespread today – some of which could even rely on electronic devices implanted under the skin or ingested.