Google survey: Wisconsinites love using pet’s name as password

On Oct. 2, Google released results of a joint survey with The Harris Poll showing that one in four Americans use common passwords — like Abc123, Password1111, and P@ssw0rd. Sixty-six percent of Americans admit to using the same weak password across multiple sites, which makes all those accounts vulnerable.

The survey of more than 3,400 U.S. adults also found that:

  • Wisconsin residents are the most likely in the entire country to use their pet’s name as a password. Forty-one percent of Wisconsinites admitted to using Fido’s name vs. 31 percent of the general U.S. population.
  • Wisconsinites hate using their spouse or partner’s name as a password. Only 8 percent of people in Wisconsin admit to using this type of password vs. 15 percent of U.S. adults.
  • Twenty percent of Wisconsinites use their birthday as a password.

According to the survey, four in 10 Americans say their personal information has been compromised online.