Apple.com is the most secure site for password protection
Every day we have to use several passwords to move between the websites we frequent: forums, platforms, services, etc… However, we should know that not all these passwords are equally well protected , as this depends largely on the policy of the website when setting restrictions to create our key, how it is shared and other various reasons.
According to a study, Apple.com is the site that best protects our password. In the ranking of 100 renowned websites, Apple is at the top of the list with a score of 100 points, i.e. perfect protection. In addition, we also find other sites at the top of the list such as Microsoft, Chegg, Newegg or Target.
On the other hand, the websites that protect our data the least are MLB, Karmaloop, Dick’s Sporting Good, Aeropostale or Toys R Us. What are the criteria used to draw up this list? Neither more nor less than 24 criteria such as whether the site accepts passwords of the type “123456” or other extremely weak keys , whether once we have registered we are sent an email with our password completely exposed, etc…
Each site adds or subtracts points in the ranking depending on whether or not they meet these criteria, resulting in a possible score between -100 and 100 points. The study was conducted by researchers from Dahslane, one of the most famous password managers. Thus, we can see how Apple has fulfilled each and every one of the 24 criteria tested.
55% of the websites evaluated accepted passwords of the type “123456” or “password”
The study has revealed that there are still web pages (and in this case renowned ones) that admit such basic and insecure passwords as “123456” or “password”. In addition, Toys R US, J.Crew, 1-800-Flowers.com and five other sites send passwords to customers via email in a completely uncovered manner.
Previous studies have also shown that users often use the same password for different websites. By allowing these users to use weak passwords for their accounts, this creates a dangerous chain of keys that are poorly protected against any external attack. Measures that could help to alleviate this phenomenon would be forcing users to set passwords of at least 8 characters in length , mixing upper and lower case letters and numbers, blocking when we make more than a certain number of mistakes, etc…
As they point out at Arstechnica, it will be interesting to see if this ranking changes over time, but for the moment we Apple users can be satisfied with the level of protection that the company offers.