And I'll tell you who you are, where you work, and what kind of work you do. Not that you would ever lie about your password of course. :-)
I saw an online article on March 4 at Computerworld Norway, entitled "Bryter seg inn i norske bedrifter" (Google translated to English). At a recent security seminar held by Norwegian ISF, a previous colleague of mine held an interesting presentation. Read the 2-page article at Computerworld first, notice some of the statements from Christian Jacobsen (now at Secode).
Although his presentation was on social engineering, he mention seeing passwords that can somewhat identify what type of organisation they originate from and things like gender balance among employees. A high percentage of men will show "men" words (hunting, fishing, sports), while with women one will see names of children, birth dates and names of spouses.
Of course I'd like to challenge Christian with "show me some proof, or at least some statistics!".
I've thought about doing word analysis related to gender, age, type of position/role/organisation etc myself, and now I see that I've got to move forward on this subject. I've got data to analyze on this, and then some.
As for the readers of this blog, if any, do you have or know about any statistics ever done on something like this? And please, no questionnaires or simple surveys but hard facts based on real data?
It's late. Time to sleep. Good night.