Dashlane recently released a study that evaluated the 100 top e-retailers on their password policies. Of those studied, only 10% scored above the threshold for "good" password policies.
According to Dashlane:
"The danger with a weak password policy is that it leaves users’ personal data vulnerable. The weaker the password, the easier it is for hackers to break into an account. Therefore, sites with lenient password policies are leaving their users exposed to greater risk."
Dashlane offers a few simple recommendations to enforce a strong password policy, including using a password with at least 8 characters and a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, and locking users out after 4 failed login attempts.
Who missed the mark when it came to enforcing a strong password policy? According to Dashlane, these were the top offenders:
- Dick's Sporting Goods
- Toys R Us
- J. Crew
- American Girl
Apple received the rating in the study and received the only perfect score.