Following the Heartbleed Bug’s discovery this year, many users were advised to change their passwords. Dashlane Security Group, the company behind Dashlane Password Manager, decided to check out how secure a user’s password was on certain websites based on each company’s password policy in a survey. When the experts at Dashlane cross-referenced the password policy versus the average password strength on each site, the result was the tougher the password policy, the better the password quality. Scores ranged from -70 to 100. Dashlane made it possible for a company to score somewhere between -100 and 100, based on a company’s policies and other factors. Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) website was the only one to get a perfect score based on Dashlane’s methodology.
The results showed that seventy-one out of the eighty-three websites the company looked at for its study did not score in the adequate or above range. Websites in this category included Apple, Windows Live/Hotmail, Micorsoft Store (NASDAQ:MSFT), UPS (NYSE:UPS), Kaspersky Lab, Target (NYSE:TGT), Go Daddy, Yahoo Mail (NASDAQ:YHOO), Walgreens (NYSE:WAG), Nike (NYSE:NKE), PayPal, and Toys”R”Us scored in the top twelve spots in descending order of password security ranking.
Apple had previously gotten a perfect score the last time the online security firm had done a version of this study. Dashlane has made the latest survey, its methodology, and an infographic the company made based on the results available for free download for those interested in seeing exactly how Apple got that top slot and how Match.com was matched with the last-place ranking.